8 more H1N1 deaths, 159 new cases reported in India

File photo of patients in Pune waiting at a local hospital to get tested for influenza A (H1N1).
File photo of patients in Pune waiting at a local hospital to get tested for influenza A (H1N1).
Eight more deaths due to swine flu have been reported in India since yesterday, taking the toll due to the influenza A (H1N1) virus in the country so far to 36, an official statement said here today.

Delhi has reported its first two deaths, while four more patients have succumbed to the flu in Bangalore and two more in Pune, it said.

Maharashtra now accounts for 21 of the deaths caused by the flu--15 of them in Pune, the city worst-affected in India by the pandemic. Mumbai and Nasik have reported 3 deaths each.

Bangalore has reported 9 deaths, Delhi 2 and Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram 1 each.

Meanwhile, as many as 159 new cases of the flu were reported today, 103 in Maharashtra. These include 66 in Pune, 18 in Mumbai, 6 in Aurangabad, 4 in Dhule, 3 in Nashik, 2 in Osmanabad, and 1 each in Washim, Solapur, Beed and Parbhani.

A central team is stationed in Maharashtra to assist the State Government in instituting appropriate public health measures.
Bangalore has reported 13 fresh cases, Chennai 12, Delhi 11, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam and Davangere 3 each, Hubli 2, and Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Gadag, Chengalpattu, Noida, Bareily, Rohtak and Raipur 1 each.

Most of the fresh cases are indigenous in nature, with the patients having no history of recent travel abroad.

With these, the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus reported in India has risen to 2401.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared H1N1 as a phase 6 pandemic in mid-June. According to the latest WHO update, as many as 1,82,166 cases of the flu have been reported worldwide, with 1799 deaths.


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