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Spread of flu ‘slowing down’

Health authorities yesterday struck the first reassuring note since the outbreak of swine flu in Greece earlier this fall, noting that the spread of the virus appeared to be slowing. According to the latest report issued by the Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL), the week starting November 30 saw 2,104 new cases of swine flu infection, as compared to 2,274 cases the week before that. It is the first report to show a drop in recorded cases. Meanwhile, absences of schoolchildren citing swine flu symptoms are also said to have dropped by up to 16 percent. The report said the developments were reassuring. «All the above indicate that we have reached the peak of the flu pandemic,» it said. Pupils whose schools have temporarily closed down due to swine flu risks will next week start taking lessons from home via televised courses set up by the Education Ministry and state channels.