New Delhi/Bangalore: Swine flu has claimed four more lives, including its first two victims in Delhi, taking the nationwide toll to 38 even as the country witnessed a sharp rise in the infection with the total number of those afflicted by the pandemic rising by 216 cases to 2,242.
Samrat Pandeya (31) died of the disease this morning at the government-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the capital, while Renu Gupta (38) succumbed to the virus last night there, the hospital medical superintendent N.K. Chaturvedi said.
In the IT hub of Bangalore, 45-year-old Edward Mohan, who was being treated for the viral infection at Shifa Hospital since 15 August died on Wednesday.
Kalpana, 36, died due to swine flu on 17 August, three days after she was admitted to Ramaiah Hospital and put on a ventilator, health officials said in Bangalore, adding both of them died of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Karnataka now accounts for the second highest flu deaths in the country with seven fatalities. Maharashtra has recorded 20 deaths due to the viral infection, which includes 15 in worst-hit Pune.
Besides the casualties in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the countrywide flu toll includes four deaths in Gujarat, two each in Delhi and Chhattisgarh and one each in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Uttarakhand.
There was a sharp rise in the number of flu cases on Wednesday with 216 people from various states testing positive for the deadly virus, taking the total number of those afflicted to 2,242, a health ministry official said in Delhi.
Pandeya, a resident of neighbouring Gurgaon, had been initially treated at private hospitals and later brought to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, a doctor said.
He was admitted to the hospital on 14 August with symptoms of fever, breathlessness and signs of pneumonia, the doctor said, adding that he tested positive for swine flu and on the evening of 15 August, his condition had turned critical.
Renu Gupta, a resident of Model Town in Delhi, who had returned from Singapore on 15 August and had developed flu symptoms three days back, was admitted to RML hospital in a critical state during the day yesterday and was put on a ventilator, they said.
In the case of Kalpana in Bangalore, her swab test confirming H1N1 status came in 48 hours later,health officials said.
Meanwhile, Mumbai with 48 new flu patients topped the list of fresh cases yesterday followed by Pune (36), Chennai (30) and Delhi (25), a Health Ministry official said.
The other cases were from Bangalore (17), Nagpur (13), Coimbatore (9), Dhule (5), Gurgaon, Nashik, Latur, Aurangabad, Rajkot (three each), Naned, Ratnagiri, Beed, Surat (two each) and Ahmednagar, Kholapur, Satara, Diburgarh, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Daman, Mangalore and Buldan (one each).
Out of the 25 cases reported from Delhi, only three cases have foreign travel history.
“11,724 persons have been tested so far out of which 2,242 are positive for swine flu. Of the 2242 positive cases, 758 have been discharged,” the official said.