West Bengal reported as many as 34 new swine flu cases since March 18, taking the total number swine flu cases in the state to 392 since January. Malay Kumar De, Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), said, “There have not been any deaths since March 18. The total number of cases is now 392. Swine flu has claimed 23 lives in the state since January.”
Meanwhile, senior CPI-M leader and former minister Gautam Deb, admitted to a critical care unit of a private hospital with H1N1 virus on March 17, was “clinically stable”, according to a hospital official.
The state has barred a private hospital from conducting test for swine flu. De said, “The hospital broke protocol and violated rules required for the diagnosis of the disease.”
Apart from National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), the Health Department has approved three private hospitals to conduct tests for swine flu infection.