The deadly H1N1 virus is fast spreading its tentacles but the government insists there is nothing to worry about. Fifty positive cases and two deaths were reported on Friday.
Since last week, the average number of new cases being reported daily has almost gone up five times. With Friday’s numbers, the total number of positive cases in the Capital this season rose to 301, the highest in two years.
In the first week of February, an average of 8-10 cases was being reported. But this week, the average shot up to about 48-50.
On Thursday, 47 cases were reported, with one death. On Wednesday, 52 cases were reported with no death, On Tuesday, 33 cases were reported with one death. Most of the seven swine flu deaths happened this week.
Eight cases were tested positive at Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, five at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, four at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital, three at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, two each at Lal Bahadur Shastri and Hindu Rao Hospital and the others from various hospitals from across the city.
Of the two deaths, a 43-year-old man admitted with high-grade fever and respiratory distress died of multiple complications at Indraprastha Apollo hospital. A 50-year-old woman died of multi-organ failure at Jaipur Golden Hospital early on Friday.
“There is no particular pattern or area from where the cases are being reported. They are uniformly spread across the Capital, clearly suggesting that it is just another kind of viral in the air, which causing a havoc,” said a Delhi government official, unwilling to be named.
Though Delhi health minister AK Walia confirmed the spread of virus, he said there was nothing to worry about. He said it was just like another seasonal viral infection.