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New Delhi, (IANS)Swine flu has claimed more than 1,100 lives in India this year, while the number of cases reported across the country so far is 21,000, a health ministry official said on Monday. A total of 16 deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the toll due to the disease to 1,115, the official said. While the number of deaths has climbed across the country, it has gone down in states like Rajasthan, he said. Rajasthan has not recorded any
death in the last two days. The health ministry will hold a high-level meeting on swine flu on Tuesday, chaired by union health secretary B.P. Sharma. Health Minister J.P.
Nadda is being briefed about the situation twice a day, the official added. SWINE FLU SPREADS FURTHER IN UTTAR PRADESH Swine flu has now spread to many new districts in Uttar Pradesh and the
number of people infected has risen to 614 in the last 24-hours, an official said on Monday. According to information provided by health authorities,
the worst hit district is the state capital Lucknow, with more than 505 cases of H1N1 in the past few weeks. With heavy rains in the state in the past 48-hours there has been a steep
drop in temperatures, a development which officials fear could aggravate the virus and, in turn, lead to new cases surfacing in
the next few days. The second highest number of swine flu infections (27) has been reported from Noida, neighbouring New Delhi, and officials suspect that the number in the city could steadily increase because of it being an
information technology and commercial hub, with a large number of people from other states travelling to and fro. 16 FRESH SWINE FLU CASES IN BENGAL As many as 16 fresh cases of swine flu were detected in West
Bengal in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 131, an official said Sunday. There were no fresh deaths.
The toll due to swine flu in Bengal rose to eight Saturday with the death of a two and-a-half-year-old at a city hospital.
“No deaths were reported since Saturday evening. 16 fresh cases have been detected. The total number of cases has reached 131,” said

Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Malay Kumar De

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