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12 more die of Swine flu, public events put on hold

Twelve more Swine flu deaths were reported from the state, taking the total number of deaths since January 1 to 231.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: February 25, 2015 3:35:48 am
swine flu, swine flu vaccine, health ministry, swine flu epidemic The Ahmedabad collector imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144, banning unlawful assembly in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus. (Source: Express Archive)

Twelve more Swine flu deaths were reported from the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths since January 1 to 231. The total cases that have been reported so far stand at 3,527, even as the Ahmedabad collector imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144, banning unlawful assembly in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus. Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar reported two deaths each while one death each was reported from Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Kheda, Amreli, Sabarkantha, Morbi and Porbandar.

Among the 190 new cases of Swine flu that came up on Tuesday, Ahmedabad again reported the maximum cases of 98. Surat had 18 cases, Sabarkantha 10, Gandhinagar and Banaskantha 9 each. Kutch, Rajkot and Mehsana reported 6 cases each while Vadodara, Anand, Amreli and Kheda reported 4 cases each.

The unabated spread of Swine flu, resulting in increasing number of cases each day, has affected several public events in Ahmedabad scheduled in the coming days. They have either been cancelled or put on hold for the moment. This also came after the notification of Ahmedabad Collector to impose CrPC section 144 of unlawful assembly of people, an attempt to curtail the high number of cases reported from Ahmedabad.

The charity walk being organised in Ahmedabad for over one decade now, that was scheduled for March 1, has been called off. The organisers are contemplating over the new schedule.

“We have been advised by various health expert as well as government officials to wait till Holi as the temperature is expected to rise by that time which will result in the decline of Swine flu cases. So, it has been called off at least till March 15. The decision has been taken as a social responsibility,” said Kaushal Mehta, founder and chairman of the organising company, Motif Inc.

The registrations for the charity walk are already complete where the organisers claimed that several companies have already committed participation of its employees. The funds are raised for several non- government organisations. Another public event that has been called off is the annual phooldolno celebration on Holi.

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