Twelve more swine flu deaths were confirmed in India on Friday, taking the total number of deaths from the H1N1 virus to 48, the union health ministry said in New Delhi.
The maximum deaths have been reported from Maharashtra where 27 people have died. The state, which is the worst hit by the virus, recorded six deaths in the last 24 hours.
The country also reported 138 new cases of influenza A (H1N1), taking the total number of infected people across the country to 2,539.
Apart from Maharashtra, two people died in Karnataka, three in Gujarat and one in Tamil Nadu. Eleven deaths have been reported in Karnataka so far.
It is followed by Gujarat where five people have died. In Tamil Nadu and Delhi, the number is two each, and in Kerala one person has fallen victim to the deadly virus.
At a conference of state health ministers in New Delhi Friday, union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that 36 deaths had been reported till Thursday.
But he admitted that there has been some confusion about the death toll and the officials are checking the figures with the state governments.
"There is no need to panic as the country has so far managed to control the spread of virus," he said.
I.R. Perumal, principal secretary of health and family welfare in Karnataka, said the state has recorded 11 deaths from swine flu.
"In our state, there were 211 positive cases reported so far. Of which 11 have died due to late diagnosis," Perumal told IANS at the sidelines of the state health minister's conference.
"Over 100 of the total cases have been cured and discharged. We are ready to tackle the spread of the virus," he added.
According to the health ministry, about 13,364 people have been tested so far out of which 2,539 tested positive for Influenza A H1N1.
The 138 new cases were recorded from Mumbai (6), Pune (62), Ahmednagar (1), Nanded (2), Akola (1), Jalna (1), Kolhapur(1), Nasik (3), Nagpur (2), Chennai (10), Delhi (12), Bangalore (19), Bijapur (1), Kolkata (3), Silchar(1), Ernakulam (7), Kota (1), Srinagar (2), Jammu (1), Agra (1) and Raipur (1).
Only three patients, who tested positive, had travel history.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 182,166 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 have ben reported till August 13. About 1,799 deaths have been reported worldwide, maximum from Mexico and the US.