NEWS

Five flu deaths in single day

The number of people that have died after contracting swine flu rose to 25 yesterday with five deaths recorded in just over 24 hours. Doctors noted that while most of the fatalities involved patients who had underlying ailments, one of the five new deaths was a 40-year-old woman with no other medical problems. The other four deaths announced yesterday were a 48-year-old obese man with leukaemia, a 54-year-old with a serious metabolic ailment, an 80-year-old woman with chronic kidney failure and a 70-year-old with acute pancreatitis. Thousands of citizens continued to visit inoculation centers yesterday, bringing the number of those vaccinated in Greece to 124,968. Meanwhile schools continued to close across the country, including all schools in the northwestern prefecture of Ioannina, as the number of pupils displaying symptoms of swine flu rises.