Northern Ireland

Virus may have peaked as NI swine flu cases decrease

The Public Health Agency has said that although two more people died from swine flu in the past week the virus may have peaked.

The agency said there were 41 new cases confirmed for the week commencing 15 January, compared to 86 the previous week.

Doctors said if the trend continues, the virus will have passed its peak.

Twenty-three people died of the virus during the flu season, of those 20 had underlying health problems.

Dr Maureen McCartney from the PHA said the drop in the number of cases was "reassuring". She also said that the number of patients being treated in hospital for swine flu had fallen.