There has been no significant change in the pattern of human swine flu in the population, with 37.9 cases seen for every 100,000 people.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, also said that the number of outbreaks in schools has also decreased in the last week.

Dr Darina O'Flanagan, Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said most cases that have been seen in schools have been mild.

Sixteen people remain in hospital with human swine flu, six of whom are in intensive care, according to the latest figures issued today by the Department of Health and the HSE.

To date 114 people have been hospitalised with the virus, 23 this week.

The number of new cases being reported each week remains stable, with around 1,500 diagnosed by GPs in the week to last Sunday.