India’s swine flu toll reaches 606, over 19,000 affected (Lead)

December 4th, 2009 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Six swine flu deaths, three of them in Rajasthan alone, were reported Friday, taking the toll from influenza A (H1N1) virus in India to 606, health authorities said here.
Also, a record 290 new cases were reported in the country, taking the total number of people affected with the contagious flu to 19,162.

With the three deaths, the toll in Rajasthan has gone up to 57. Two deaths were also reported from the national capital, taking the total toll in the Indian capital to 28.

One death was reported from Gujarat, taking the number of deaths due to Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the state to 47.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 186 cases of swine flu Friday — the highest for a single day - taking the number of people affected with the virus to 5,603. The national capital Thursday reported 176 cases of swine flu.

The number of people affected with the virus in Delhi is now the highest in the country.

“Two deaths were reported today (Friday). A 40-year-old woman, who was a resident of Guru Ramdas Nagar, died in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital,” Anjana Prakash, state’s assistant nodal officer for swine flu cases, told IANS.

“Another woman died in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. She was 60 years old and was a resident of Janakpuri. Both did not have any travel history. Both of them came late to the hospital and were already suffering from severe respiratory problems,” she added.

“Till date, samples from 90,068 people have been tested for Influenza A (H1N1) in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 19,162 of them have been found positive,” said a statement issued here.

New cases were also reported from Rajasthan (47), Maharashtra (20), Haryana (34), Uttar Pradesh (16), Tamil Nadu (14) and West Bengal (1).

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