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15 new cases confirmed

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 01:23 IST
Alifiya Khan
Alifiya Khan
Hindustan Times
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Fifteen new cases of swine flu were confirmed by Sunday evening, taking the city’s tally of positive cases to 220, said Dr Jairaj Thanekar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

However, state officials claimed that the number of fresh cases has reached a plateau level and the public panic over swine flu is finally settling down.

“The numbers indicate that the epidemic has stabilised. Though its nature is unpredictable, we believe the worst might be over,” said Dr Pravin Shengare, joint director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research.

The number of people getting screened and admitted to hospitals has fallen considerably, officials added.

On Sunday, around 1,320 people were screened across 13 centres in the city as against 2,250 on Saturday and over 3,000 on Thursday.

Throat swab samples of 11 patients were collected and two patients were quarantined at Goregaon’s Siddharth Hospital.

“Now, we are collecting throat swab samples only for technical reasons. Throat swab samples of only those cases that are critical or slightly serious are collected. Hence the number of swabs collected has dropped. A long holiday and lesser panic are other reasons why numbers have decreased,” said Bhushan Gagrani, secretary, medical education.

State officials said 64 fresh cases were detected till 11 am on Sunday, taking the state total to 836. Eight patients — one at Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai and seven others in Pune — are critical.

Gagrani said the important development was that no more deaths or critical cases were reported. “Except a child in Pune who has been put on ventilator support, there are no cases that are critical. This is important as it shows the new strategy is working,” he added.

Meanwhile, no fresh directives were issued on schools, which would remain shut till Wednesday. Theatres and multiplexes would open on Monday.