Seventy nine people were tested positive for Swine flu in Himachal Pradesh, out of which 20 have died.The H1Ni virus has already caused the death of more than 1,500 people in the country this year, compared to 218 in 2014.
The first death due to swine flu in the state was reported on February 15 when a 37-year-old man succumbed to the deadly virus at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital.
"Swine flu has affected Himachal Pradesh too. Till date 220 people have been tested for swine flu out of which 79 tested positive. Out of these 79 samples, 20 people have died till Monday morning," state Health Minister, Kaul Singh Thakur said.
The maximum number of deaths has been reported from Shimla, where seven people died of the disease. In wake of the growing need, the central government is procuring diagnostic kits to test for the virus, masks and anti-viral drug Oseltamivir.