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Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, estimated that 19,000 people would die from the virus under the "worst case scenario", a significant drop from the figure of 65,000 given in July.
He said the revised estimations, calculated by Government scientists, were "assumptions and not predictions".
They are based on one in three people across Britain becoming infected, and do not take into account what impact the swine flu vaccine, due next month, will have.
The number of deaths from swine flu in Britain has climbed to 59 but infection rates have continued to fall through the summer, according to the Department of Health.
The latest figures released today show the disease on the wane during the holidays with about 260 people still being treated in hospital, fewer than last week. Of those, 30 were in intensive care.
A 26-year-old man has become the fifth person in Scotland to die after contracting Swine Flu.
The patient, who died in Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary, had significant underlying health problems, a Scottish government spokesman said.
From Press Association
A person from the West Midlands has died after contracting swine flu, the NHS has said.
The death of the person, who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, was being investigated, NHS Walsall said.
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The worldwide death toll from swine flu has doubled in the past month, reaching over 700 since the start of the outbreak last spring, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
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The number of swine-flu deaths in Australia has risen to 31, Health Minister Nicola Roxon said, while Singapore’s Ministry of Health reported its first fatality linked to the illness.
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