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THE deadly Aussie flu virus is feared to have spread to almost all UK areas following a weekend surge in cases. Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London are now the only places where the “influenza-like illness” has been reported - with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection. Some 4.5 million people claimed to have been affected over the past week. Dartford was one of the last areas to have cases reported, with Essex, Teesside and Devon appearing to be among the worst-hit regions. In the last 24 hours the Brecon Beacons and Telford, which yesterday had no reported cases, were revealed to have at least one each. Figures from the NHS show that over 1,500 people across the country have been struck down with the illness. Churches in Northern Ireland, which is also badly affected, have banned traditional “peace” handshakes at mass till the risk of infection subsides. A statement from the office of Bishop Noel Treanor said: "The customary sign of peace handshake exchanged during mass is suspended until the risk of infection is significantly reduced.