Number of flu cases falls below normal

New cases of flu have fallen dramatically and are now at levels that would usually be seen outside of the winter flu season.

The amount of flu has declined across the UK and is below baseline levels in England, Wales and Scotland, according to the Health Protection Agency.

In the last week, the number of GP consultations in England has fallen to 24.1 per 100,000, down from 40.7 per 100,000 in the previous week.

This is below the baseline for flu activity of 30 consultations per 100,000.

On December 30, the peak level was 124.4 per 100,000.

The data also show that 395 people have now died from flu in the UK since September, up 57 on the figure for the previous week.

Flu type B remains the dominant strain, having taken over from swine flu.