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Theresa May Apologizes For Delayed Operations That Contributed To Flu Deaths

British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to the tens of thousands of people affected by National Health Service England’s decision that hospitals should postpone non-urgent operations and outpatient clinics until the end of January to help hospitals cope with the surge in demand for care, The Guardian reports. The prime minister’s unprecedented apology came as new figures showed that 16,900 people – the highest number this winter – were stuck in the backs of ambulances waiting to enter an A&E unit, and 24 patients died of flu last week after a sudden upsurge in sickness caused by the virus. The fatalities mean that 48 people have died of flu since the start of October – more than double…