Swine flu infection in Uttar Pradesh has risen to 614 cases in the last 24-hours and swine flu has now spread to many new districts.
The state capital Lucknow, is the worst affected with more than 505 cases of H1N1 in the past few weeks. The health officials fear that the drop in temperature due to heavy rains in the state in the past 48-hours may aggravate the virus and, in turn, lead to new cases surfacing in the next few days.
Noida, neighbouring New Delhi, reports the second highest number of swine flu infection. Officials suspect that the number in the city could steadily increase as a large number of people from other states travel to and fro.
"With schools in the state closing for Holi and precautions undertaken by health authorities, we hope in the coming days the virus would be controlled to a certain extent," an official told IANS.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reviewed the situation with senior health officials including principal secretary (health) Arvind Kumar and principal secretary (medical education) Raj Pratap Singh. He has intervened and has directed health officials to ensure more isolation wards with extra beds in all districts.
A toll free helpline 18001805145 has also been established in all the districts to make people aware of the flu and how to effectively contain it.