Geneva: Some 1,799 people have died in the swine flu pandemic since the new virus was uncovered in April, said the World Health Organization.
The latest global toll released by WHO on Wednesday on its website compared with 1,462 deaths reported by the UN health agency just over a week ago.
Ghana, Tuvalu and Zambia were the latest countries to report cases for the first time, the WHO said, as pandemic influenza A(H1N1) has spread to more than 170 countries.
The largest toll has been recorded in North and South America, with 1,579 deaths, followed by the WHO’s South East Asian region with 106 deaths and 53 in Europe.
In all, 182,166 laboratory confirmed swine flu infections have been reported to the global health watchdog.
However, the WHO says that figure vastly understates the full number of infections since individual cases no longer have to be tested or reported in each country.