India's swine flu toll rises to 1,116

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 15:20 hrs

Three swine flu deaths, including two in Maharashtra, were reported Saturday, taking the toll from the influenza A (H1N1) infection in India to 1,116, health officials said here.

Apart from the two deaths in Maharashtra, where the casualties have jumped to 300, one death was reported from Gujarat. With this death, the toll in Gujarat has now touched 174.

Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of deaths in the country, also reported 16 fresh cases, taking the total number of people affected with the flu to 4,864.

However, the national capital tops with the highest number of people infected with the contagious virus. On Saturday, five new cases were reported in Delhi.

'There were five new swine flu cases, including of a child, reported in the city today (Saturday). There were no deaths reported,' Anjana Prakash, assistant nodal officer for swine flu in the capital, told IANS.

The new cases take the total number of infections in the city so far to 9,589, the highest in the country.

In Delhi, 89 people have died due to the virus so far.

'Till date, samples from 119,274 people have been tested for Influenza A (H1N1) in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 28,172 of them have been found positive,' said a statement issued here.

Also, new cases were reported from Gujarat (28), Karnataka (six), Haryana (two) and Chhattisharh (one).

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