National Toll Stands At 833

New Delhi : Swine flu claimed the lives of 21 more people as the toll reached 833 across the country while the number of persons affected by the H1N1 virus breached the 14,000 mark, reports PTI. The maximum toll was reported from Rajasthan with 214 deaths till February 22 out of 4,549 people who were affected by it.

According to Health Ministry figures, the total number of persons who have died of the disease till February 22 is 833, while a total of 14,484 persons have been affected by it across the nation.

Health Ministry data on Friday had showed that 812 people had died due to the disease, while 13,688 people had been affected with the H1N1 virus.

A total of 207 people have perished in Gujarat where the number of affected people stood at 3,107. In a stormy start to the Gujarat Assembly budget session on Monday, State Governor O.P. Kohli had to cut short his address to the House owing to continuous protests and slogan-shouting by Opposition Congress members demanding a discussion on the swine flu outbreak.

Data available with the Health Ministry showed that in Madhya Pradesh, 112 people have died due to the disease, while 99 have perished in Maharashtra where 1,013 people were affected.

In Telangana, 51 people have died while the number of affected persons was 1,316. Health Ministry data showed that eight persons have died in Delhi while 2,241 people are affected by the disease.

The government said that all measures were being taken and there was no dearth of medicines. “We are on the job,” said a senior Health Ministry official.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has recorded eight swine flu-related deaths so far but the state is prepared to handle the virus with adequate medicines and vaccines in stock, the state government informed the Assembly on Monday.

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After Floods, Swine Flu Adds To J-K Misery

Jammu: At a time when the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was limping back to normalcy and people were slowly rebuilding their lives after the devastating floods in September last year, the deadly swine flu virus has added more pain to their misery, reports PTI.

“It’s like salt is being rubbed on our wounds. First it was the devastating floods and now it is this deadly virus – we are being hit by one disaster after another,” said Roshan Lal, a resident of Sarthal village in Udhampur district, which was completely destroyed in last year’s floods.

The residents of the state seem to be staring at hard times again as six people have lost their lives and over 130 have tested positive for the virus.

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