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THE heads of the United Nations and the World Health Organization said yesterday there are no imminent plans to raise the alert level on swine flu to its highest stage.

But officials indicated going to Phase 6, the maximum level, might be an eventuality.

Raising the alert level to 6 would mean that a global outbreak of swine flu is under way.

"Let us remember that even if WHO does declare Phase 6, a pandemic, that would be a statement about the geographic spread of the virus, not its severity," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.


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