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This left GP practices unable to access any patient data - prompting pleas for patients to attend surgery only if their need is urgent.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed there has not been a second wave of cyber attacks on NHS trusts since the attacks on Friday.

Mr Matheson said: "This was a global attack on an unprecedented scale and, whilst we are now seeing systems returning to normal, we can not be complacent".

NHS Wales has announced that none of its computer systems have been impacted and no patient data affected by a global cyber-attack.

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Marcus Hutchins, who was hailed a hero after stopping the WannaCry bug that infected 230,000 devices worldwide, was banned from internet access after being accused of crashing his school's IT system.

National incident director Dr Anne Rainsberry said: "Patients are no longer being diverted away from hospital accident and emergency units and, while there is still some disruption in a small number of areas, most patients are being treated as normal".

Basildon Hospital was not affected by the malware, but as a precaution has taken steps to protect its internal IT systems.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust issued this statement on Sunday: "As you may be aware, despite national IT issues, our hospitals are running as normal".

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Friday's attack was unprecedented in its reach with more than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries but warns of a more escalating threat as the number of victims will grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning, CNN quoted Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union's law enforcement agency Europol as saying.

It said: 'There were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority through this global malware incident was to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data - and this was done very successfully.

In light of the attack, justice secretary Michael Matheson said the Scottish Government is taking action to enhance security, including contacting more than 120 public bodies to ensure they have appropriate defences in place. Seventy-four countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan, reported having the virus.

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