Hospitals across the country have been forced to cancel and delay patient operations after a global cyberattack crippled computer systems.

 

 

At least 30 health service organisations in England and Scotland have been affected by the hack attack, while others shut down servers as a precautionary measure to avoid contagion.

People have been advised to avoid going to accident and emergency unless absolutely necessary, while staff had to resort to using pen and paper and use their own mobile phones after IT networks failed.

Across the world, up to 99 countries have reportedly been targeted by the attack that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom, with Russia appearing to be hardest hit.

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