Twelve new cases of swine flu were reported in the country on Friday, taking the total number of influenza A (H1N1) cases to 128, health officials said in New Delhi.
"About 837 people have been tested so far, of which 128 are positive for Influenza A H1N1. Of the 128 positive cases, 82 have been discharged," a statement issued in New Delhi said.
The 12 cases were reported from - Bangalore (6), Kozhikode (2), Delhi (2), Hyderabad (1) and Amritsar (1).
The health ministry also denied reports that a patient from Kerala had died due to the virus. "This is not correct. His throat and nasal swab have tested negative for influenza A at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi," it said.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 77,201 confirmed cases of influenza A infection have been reported from 120 countries till July 1. There have been 332 deaths worldwide, most of them in Mexico and the US.