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United Kingdom interior minister says health system has recovered from cyber attack

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Friday's global cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries and regions, Europol chief Rob Wainwright was quoted here as saying by SA News. There is concern that family doctors' surgeries could be struck on Monday when they open.

"The vast majority of patients have noticed no difference".

"The very nature of this particular malware, this sort of ransomware attack, is very potent because unlike more routine ones this one has used a sort of worm to exploit the operating system and bolted on a ransomware so that it spread incredibly quickly in hours not weeks or days", Wallace said.

Cyber security experts said it could be the biggest cyber-attack of its kind ever.

Health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the crippling ransomware attack, NHS Digital has said. "It was clear warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here on the United Kingdom".

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", he told BBC radio.

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A divert remains in place for trauma, stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required, at the Lister Hospital, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East).

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, which runs five hospitals in the county including William Harvey in Ashford and Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother in Margate confirmed it had avoided an attack.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

He highlighted that the government had invested £50 million in supporting NHS IT networks during its last strategic defence and security review, and insisted that individual trusts were well-equipped to ensure they could protect themselves against cyber-attack.

NHS Digital said it had made health trusts aware last month of IT protection that could have prevented the damage.

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