There were 78,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the past week, up from 53,000 the week before, new estimates show.
However, the data provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that the number of new weekly cases is still lower than the 100,000 reported during the peak of the pandemic in July.
A total of 137 people have died in the UK from swine flu - with 97 deaths in England, 25 in Scotland, eight in Northern Ireland and seven in Wales.
Hospital admissions from the disease in England stand at 751, with the number of people in intensive care rising to 157 from 99 the week before.
He said the pattern had an “eerie similarity” to that in Australia where nearly a quarter of people in hospitals with swine flu ended up in intensive care.
The Government says high-risk groups, such as pregnant women and frontline NHS staff, as well as people with conditions including heart problems, cancer asthma and diabetes, would hopefully receive their vaccinations by mid-December.