9 more swine flu deaths in India, toll goes up to 1044

Nine more people have died of influenza A (H1N1) in India, increasing the toll due to the swine flu pandemic in the country so far to 1044, an official statement said here today.

 Four of the deaths – two each in Gujarat and Rajasthan – were reported during the day today, it said.

 Besides, reports of five deaths that occurred in recent days – four in Karnataka and one in Himachal Pradesh – were received today from the health authorities of the states concerned, the statemet from the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said.

 Of the total swine flu deaths in the country so far, Maharashtra now accounts for 284, while 158 lives have been lost in Rajasthan, 144 in Gujarat, 137 in Karnataka, 83 in Delhi, 52 in Andhra Pradesh, 35 in Punjab, 34 in Kerala, 33 in Haryana, 16 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Uttarakhand, 12 in Madhya Pradesh, 8 each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, 7 in Tamil Nadu, 6 in Puducherry, 5 in Goa, 3 in Orissa, 2 each in Jammu & Kashmir and Chhattisgarh and 1 each in Assam and Mizoram.

 Meanwhile, 88 new cases of swine flu were reported from different parts of India today, including 23 in Gujarat, 22 in Delhi, 20 in Maharashtra, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 5 in Rajasthan, 4 each in Karnataka and Haryana and 1 each in Assam and Tamil Nadu,

 With these, the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus reported in the country so far has gone up to 27,610, the statement added.