Health chiefs have warned that Norovirus levels across the country are 'the highest we have seen at this time of year in over a decade'.
Cases of the highly infectious stomach bug have been surging in recent weeks, with hundreds of hospital beds filled by people with symptoms, according to figures.
Laboratory reports of norovirus are more than double the five-season average before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UKHSA.
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