Two more people, one each in Delhi and Hyderabad, tested positive for swine fu taking the total number of affected to 10 in the country even as the Civil Aviation ministry was urged to make available personal protection equipment on flights.
The Delhi case related to a 35-year-old man, who reached the national capital from New York by AI 102 on June 2 and developed symptoms two days later, according to a Health Ministry statement on Sunday night.
In the second case, a 25-year-old man, who sat in close proximity to a techie who has already tested positive on June 5 was affected, it said. Both of them had returned to Hyderabad from the US on a British Airways Flight (BA 277) on May 31.
"He developed flu-like symptoms two days after reaching Delhi and tested positive for it. The man is on home quarantine and his contacts have been provided with medicine,” the statement said about the Delhi case.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "There is no reason for panic because we have taken all the precautions. We have at a task force which is monitoring the situation on daily basis keeping in touch with WHO..."
The National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) said people travelling to India from swine flu-hit countries should undergo tests before entering the country, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy requested the Centre to arrange for personal protection equipment on flights as a precautionary measure.
At a review meeting with senior health officials at the camp office in Hyderabad in view of increasing number of H1N1 Influenza and suspected flu symptoms cases reported from the city, Reddy said there is no need for panic.