In Parliament, the Deputy PM and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that this season, the flu will be affecting one out of every four people.
Dr Fearne explained that Influenza B has hit the public before Influenza A, and as a result more people have been affected than usual. He aid that the flu shot has worked as expected.
The Ministry of Health said that as a result of the flu epidemic a shortage of blood reserves has been recorded because the usual rate of 60 blood donors daily has been cut by half. This is because there are less people who are healthy enough to donate blood.
This has led to a number of operations which were scheduled to take place, to be cancelled. Dr Fearne said that no operation was cancelled because of a lack of beds at Mater Dei but because of a shortage in blood reserves.