05 March, New Delhi
Swine flu has claimed 40 more lives across the country yesterday. With this, the death toll has gone up to 1,198 since January this year.
A Health Ministry official said, the number of H1N1 cases has also increased to 22,240 as on 3rd of this month. The maximum toll was reported from Gujarat, with 292 deaths and in Rajasthan, it has reached 286 till 3rd of this month.
In Madhya Pradesh, the disease has claimed 168 lives. In Delhi, the number of casualties stands at 10 while the count for affected persons has risen to 3,220.
The death toll due to the H1N1 virus in Maharashtra has risen to 178 with eight more patients succumbing to the disease.
According to state health department, a total of 134 fresh cases of swine flu were reported taking the total number of cases registered to 2139 this year. Out of these, 452 patients are being treated at various hospitals across the state while 1509 people have been discharged after being successfully treated. The state health department has informed that 40 patients are currently on ventilator support.
Since the beginning of 2015 Mumbai that has recorded a total of 729 swine flu cases. The second most affected place in Maharashtra is Pune with 678 cases while the total number of positive cases in Nagpur stands at 334 this year.
The state health department has asked people to avoid visiting crowded places as the virus can easily transmit through air.
It has advised citizens, especially the children and elderly people not to ignore any swine flu symptoms.