WHO declares swine flu pandemic

(CNN) — The World Health Organization raised the swine flu alert Thursday to its highest level, saying H1N1 has spread to enough countries to be considered a global pandemic.

Increasing the alert to Level 6 does not mean that the disease is deadlier or more dangerous than before, just that it has spread to more countries, the WHO said.

As of Wednesday evening, the virus had spread to 72 countries, the health agency said. There were 25,288 confirmed cases and 139 deaths. The United States had 13,217 cases and 27 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Also Thursday, authorities in Hong Kong ordered the closure of all elementary schools, kindergartens and day care centers in the city after 12 students were found to be infected with the virus.

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Canada

2. Ontario: Patient with swine flu, 38, still in hospital

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3. Manitoba reports 22 new H1N1 flu cases

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4. Manitoba: Hydro staffer has serious H1N1 flu

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5. Ottawa raises prospect of closing clinics at epicentre of Manitoba flu outbreak

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China

6. All primary schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong closed for two weeks

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7. 7 new AH1N1 cases confirmed in Beijing

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Egypt

8. WHO declares H1N1 global pandemic, Egypt reports 2 new cases

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India
9. Number of A/H1N1 flu cases in India increases to 15

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Japan

10. H1N1 hits nine in first outbreak in Tokyo school

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Middle East

11. Palestinians report first case of H1N1 flu

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New Zealand

12. Swine flu strikes transplant centre

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Spain
13. 22 Madrid schools now hit by swine flu

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Sweden
14. Confusion over Swine Flu “Pandemic”

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United Kingdom

15. New case in Ripon, North Yorkshire, school closed

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16. Update on confirmed swine flu cases 11 June 2009  (72 New 822 Confirmed)

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17. Scotland’s swine flu total reaches 337

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United States

18. Hawaii’s swine flu tally climbs by 83 cases

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19. Seven Percent of New-Yorkers had flu-like illness

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20. Swine flu spreads through Vermont

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21. 3 more swine flu deaths reported in NYC

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22. Patients with flu fears, symptoms swamp ERs

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23. 2nd Mich. resident dies from H1N1 swine flu

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24. FL: Madeira Beach couple found dead had the flu, neighbors said

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25. CA: Alameda County reports second swine flu death

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26. OK, State’s first flu death in Kay County

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