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The number of swine flu cases is closer to reaching 30,000, the World Health Organization reported Friday, a day after declaring the start of a global pandemic.

As of Friday, 29,669 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported in 74 countries, the WHO said. The total number of deaths worldwide has reached 145.

The latest figures come a day after the WHO said the virus was "unstoppable" and had become widespread enough to raise the global swine flu alert to its highest level.

The U.S. and Mexico, where the earliest cases of the outbreak occurred, remain the countries with the highest number of swine flu cases.

There have been 13,217 reported cases in the U.S. and 6,241 in Mexico. Read full article »

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