5 more swine flu deaths in India, toll rises to 1279

New Delhi, February 10, 2010

Five more people have succumbed to influenza A (H1N1) in India, taking the death toll due to the swine flu pandemic in the country so far to 1279, an official statement said here today.

Two deaths were reported during the day from Maharashtra. Besides, reports of two earlier deaths in the state and one in Gujarat were also received from the respective state health authorities today, it said.

Of the total swine flu deaths in the country so far, Maharashtra now accounts for 331, while 258 lives have been lost in Gujarat, 182 in Rajasthan, 141 in Karnataka, 95 in Delhi, 52 in Andhra Pradesh, 39 in Punjab, 37 each in Kerala and Haryana, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 18 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Uttarakhand, 8 each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, 7 each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, 6 in Puducherry, 5 in Goa, 4 in Jammu & Kashmir, 3 in Orissa, 2 in Assam and 1 each in Mizoram and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

The statement said 24 new cases of swine flu were reported from different parts of India today, including 10 in Maharashtra, 5 each in Karnataka and Rajasthan, 3 in Gujarat and 1 in Andhra Pradesh.

With these, the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus reported in the country so far has gone up to 29,195, the statement added.

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