Government revises swine flu toll to 28


New Delhi : After days of denial, the central government Wednesday revised the number of swine flu deaths to 28 from 25 though no fresh deaths were reported. The country also reported 216 new cases of Influenza A (H1N1), taking the total number of infected people to 2,243.

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The cumulative deaths reported till now are 28 – Pune (13), Bangalore (5), Mumbai (3), Nasik (3), Ahmedabad (1), Chennai (1), Vadodara (1) and Thiruvananthapuram (1), the health ministry said.

The addition in death toll was one from Mumbai and two from Nashik. However, the ministry did not give details of the deaths. Till Tuesday, the health ministry had maintained that there were only 25 deaths.

It also said that 216 laboratory confirmed cases were reported Wednesday of which Mumbai had 48, Pune, 36, Nashik, Aurangabad, Rajkot and Latur three each. While Nanded reported two cases, Nagpur had 13 and Dhule had five fresh cases.

Similarly, Ratnagiri and Beed reported 2 cases each, while Buldhana Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Satara, Dibrugarh, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Daman reported one case.

Down south, Chennai reported 30 cases, Coimbatore nine, Bangalore 17 and Mangalore one case. In Delhi, 25 fresh cases were reported and Gurgaon had three cases. Two people were tested positive for the virus in Surat.

The health ministry said so far 11,724 people have been tested out of which 2,243 are positive for Influenza A (H1N1). Of the total positive cases, 758 have been discharged.