Ten more deaths were reported due to Swine flu in Gujarat on Sunday taking the death toll to 275. Further, there is no stopping on the new cases as 247 fresh cases were registered from the state in a single day. The number of total Swine flu cases has reached to 4,614 since January 1.
Ahmedabad continues to remain the worst hit district that witnessed the maximum both, number of deaths and new cases. Among 10 deaths, two were reported from Ahmedabad and out of 247 fresh cases, 106 tested positive from Ahmedabad alone.
Other eight deaths were reported from Surat, Bhavnagar, Anand, Bharuch, Jamnagar, Arvalli, Navsari and Porbandar with one death each.
The fresh cases came up from Surat 32, Banaskantha 16, Kutch 11, Vadodara, Mehsana, Rajkot and Bhavnagar nine each, Gandhinagar six, Jamnagar, Sabarkantha and Surendranagar five each, Amreli, Patan and Bharuch four each, Arvalli three, Kheda, Morbi and Navsari two each, Anand, Junagadh, Valsad and Porbandar one each.
H1N1 cases go up to 74 in Rajkot
Rajkot: Even as the city police have prohibited public functions in the city, Swine flu scare continued in Rajkot as four more cases of the communicable disease were reported on Sunday. Two men in their 50s, a woman in her 40s and a two-year-old boy from the city tested positive for H1N1 virus, taking the number of total Swine flu cases to 74 since the beginning of the year. The virus has claimed six lives so far, health officials said.
Chief secretary calls for emergency meeting
To take a note of situation and preparedness against a sudden change in the weather, Chief Secretary D J Pandian called an emergency meeting of the health department Sunday to take advisory from the health experts. Most of the worst affected districts received an unseasonal rainfall on Sunday morning while light rainfall is predicted for another two days.
“The dip in temperature added with moisture in the air is conducive for any kind of virus. Experts opinion was taken during the meeting called by the chief secretary on how to deal with this sudden change in the weather conditions. It has been decided to issue fresh guidelines and advisory to public on being extra cautious against Swine flu. Also, schools keeping in view the approaching examinations,” said Health Commissioner J P Gupta.
The Health Department will also issue guidelines on Monday for Holi advising people with breathing problems as well as slight symptoms to keep away from large gatherings and also to avoid using water during the celebrations.