Eight people die of swine flu; toll rises to 374



Three deaths were reported today from Karnataka and one from Maharashtra. Two deaths each from the two states which had taken place earlier were confirmed today to be H1N1 cases by the respective health departments, an official spokesperson said here.

Delhi reported maximum of 44 cases during the day followed by Maharashtra (35) and Kerala (14). The confirmed cases have now risen to 11,507 in the country.

The cumulative figures include seven positive cases from Andaman and Nicobar island which were confirmed on September 30 and are now being included in the total.

Samples from 48,355 persons have been tested for H1N1 in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country of which 23.8 per cent have been found positive, the official said.

Of the 146 cases reported during the day, four are imported and the rest are indigenous cases, he said.

"39,485 passengers have been screened at 22 airports with 83 counters manned by 225 doctors and 172 paramedics. Total passengers screened till date number 68,69,505," he said.

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