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New Delhi, September 20, 2010
As many as 111 people have died of influenza A (H1N1) in India in the week ended September 19, an official statement from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said here today, quoting information received from the States.
With this, the toll in the country since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the swine flu as a pandemic in mid-June last year has gone up to 2427.
The WHO, on August 10, had declared an end to the pandemic but called for continued vigilance, pointing out that pandemics, like the viruses that cause them, are unpredictable.
Of the 111 deaths, 42 in Maharashtra, 29 in Gujarat, 14 in Madhya Pradesh, 10 in Delhi, 3 in Uttar Pradesh, 2 each in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and 1 each in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The statement said a total of 1038 new cases of the flu were reported from the country during the week, including 313 in Tamil Nadu, 191 in Maharashtra, 145 in Karnataka, 143 in Rajasthan, 88 in Delhi and 53 in Gujarat. The figure for Tamil Nadu includes cases found positive in earlier weeks but reported only now, the statement added.