India records four swine flu deaths, toll 87


New Delhi : Four more swine flu deaths were reported in India Saturday, taking the toll due to H1N1 to 87, health authorities here said.

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While Maharashtra reported three deaths – two in Mumbai and one in Pune, one person succumbed to the disease in Bangalore.

Also, the country reported a record 218 new swine flu cases, taking the total number of those affected to 3,753.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of deaths in the country and the toll in the state has now gone up to 47. It is followed by Karnataka where 24 people have died due to the flu so far.

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of fresh cases Saturday. Of the total 218 cases, 60 were from the state. At least 1,579 people have been affected with the infection so far in the state.

Maharashtra is followed by Delhi where 44 people were detected with the virus.

The other states where fresh cases were reported were Andhra Pradesh (29), Karnataka (21), Uttar Pradesh (20), Tamil Nadu (19), Kerala (4), Haryana (4), Goa (3), Uttarakhand (3) and Jammu and Kashmir (3).

While Gujarat and Rajasthan reported two cases each, Punjab, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh reported one positive case each.

So far, 20,948 people have been tested for the influenza A(H1N1), of whom 3,753 have been found positive, according to the health ministry.

The officials said 4.5 percent of the total cases were those that were detected at airports.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 209,438 lab confirmed swine flu cases have been reported worldwide till Friday. About 2,100 people have died globally, mostly in Mexico and the US.