Latest H1N1 death figures, up six from last week, point to slower rise

It appears the rise in H1N1 deaths in Canada is slowing.

TORONTO — It appears the rise in H1N1 deaths in Canada is slowing.

The latest figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada show six new deaths reported in the six-day period that ended Tuesday, occurring in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland.

By comparison, the agency had reported 28 deaths in the previous period.

The national total of laboratory confirmed H1N1 deaths is now 363.

The most recent report from the World Health Organization suggests at least 8,768 people around the globe have died from the disease.

The death estimates reflect laboratory confirmed deaths, which experts say are likely to be an underestimate of the total toll of the disease.

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