The BBC reports:
- The UK has lowered its worst-case scenario estimate of possible swine flu-related deaths from 65,000 to 19,000.
- Seventy people have died so far in the UK, while 6,000 to 8,000 die yearly from seasonal flu.
- Advisors have now agreed that the swine flu death rate is lower than previously thought, likely to be 0.1% of cases. [However, with an estimated 110,000 new cases in the UK during the first week of August alone, the mortality rate is clearly less than 0.1%–Nass]
- The number of new cases continues to decrease, week by week, down to an estimated 4,500 cases last week.