The Indian government on Sunday said that it was closely
monitoring the spurt in swine flu cases in the country even as 11 more deaths
due to the disease were reported in Rajasthan, one of the worst-hit states.
A senior health ministry official said, "We are closely monitoring the
crisis situation very closely and are in touch with health authorities of the
states most affected by the disease."
While three people each died in Jaipur and Jodhpur, there were two casualties
in Ajmer followed by one each in Nagaur, Bharatpur and Kota.
Gujarat and Rajasthan have witnessed the maximum number of deaths so far due to
swine flu while Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana, too, have been
significantly affected by the disease.
According to a study, the disease outbreak in Rajasthan and
Maharashtra is expected to result in a loss of Rs 5,500 crore to tourism and
aviation industries. The toll till Saturday in Gujarat was 136 even as the
authorities reported 130 new cases.
The Telangana government says, a total of 3,045 samples were tested, of which
1,006 were found to be positive. The number of deaths due to swine flu and
other complications stood at 46 in the state.
In 2014, there were 937 reported cases of swine flu in India
and the disease had claimed 218 lives. The health ministry had said that the
countrywide toll due to swine flu reached 485 till February 12, 2015, which is
already more than double the number of deaths reported in the whole of 2014.