The H1N1 influenza cases rose to 1,343 on Monday, with 44 new cases detected by the civic health department across Mumbai.
While a slight dip was noticed by the civic officials in the daily cases, experts claimed that continued erratic weather and untimely showers will provide a conducive environment for the virus to multiply. While no death was reported from Mumbai on Monday, the state public health department recorded five more deaths in Pune, Akola, Nanded, Pimpri Chindwad district and Aurangabad. So far, 30 deaths have been reported due to the air-borne infection in the city, which includes nine Mumbai residents and 21 outstation residents.
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While health experts had predicted that the cases of H1N1 will come down by mid-March, the steady stream of cases has now led to formation of a dedicated committee. On Monday, state health minister Deepak Sawant announced the formation of a committee that will plan protocols and standardised infection control system during an outbreak of infectious diseases. Across the state, 3,483 cases and 292 deaths have been reported. According to civic officials, of the newly diagnosed cases, 24 people required hospital admission while 20 others are seeking home-care and are on medication in the city.