Swine flu claimed two more lives in Mumbai on July 16 with the death of two 32-year-old women from Worli and Juhu. The death toll has reached 25 in the city.
The Juhu resident was admitted to Nair hospital, Mumbai after developing breathing difficulty. The other woman, Worli resident, had been admitted to Global Hospital, Parel.
"The patient was morbidly obese, suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and fever and was admitted to ICU... Her condition was continuously deteriorating," said a spokesperson for Global Hospital.
Dr Minnie Khetarpal, Deputy Executive Health Officer, said, "Both the women tested positive for the viral infection after undergoing throat swab test."
Around 60 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus in July, including seven people over the last 24 hours.
A state official said, "There is a slight increase in cases across the state but we are vigilant."
Nearly 8 to 10 cases of swine flu are being reported everyday. Maharashtra has been the worst-hit states reporting over 5,300 cases and 546 deaths.
"I think the virus is here to stay. There are two factors, one the temperature and second the indigenous population," said Dr Nandu Vijay, consultant general physician.
Dr Om Srivastava said that patients with fever and sore throat should not delay consulting a doctor. State government has recommended vaccination for children, elderly, pregnant women and people with low immune levels.