Eight students were among the 13 that tested positive for swine flu on Saturday, taking Delhi’s tally to 215.
Students bore the brunt of infection again, with many schools fumigating classrooms, canteens, common rooms and buses over the weekend to allay parents’ fears.
“On Saturday, 23 cases were confirmed, which included the 14 new cases. Reports of 16 suspected cases admitted in hospitals across the Capital are awaited,” said Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia.
The minister added that all positive cases had been quarantined at home and health officers were tracking people who have come in contact with them.
“We are doing our best to contain it, but its spread is inevitable,” said Walia.
Only one of the 13 cases reported was an infection acquired abroad.
“When the World Health Organisation declared H1N1 a pandemic, they indicated containment was not possible. We are now focusing on damage reduction,” said a senior Delhi government official, tracking cases in the Capital who is not authorised to speak to the media.
Students from Sanskriti School , Mt Carmel, Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, Mother’s International, CRPF Prashant Vihar and Vishwa Bharti Public School were among the eight students tested positive on Saturday.
Sanskriti School in south Delhi’s Chanakyapuri confirmed three swine flu cases, of which one was a Class VIII student back from a camp in England. The other two students are in Classes IV and XI, who attended school till Thursday.
“Today, we learnt of three students who have contracted the virus. In the UK case, we are not really worried as the student had not rejoined school yet,” said Abha Sahgal, principal, Sanskriti School.
The case reported from Sanskriti on Thursday tested negative. “We had the school fumigated on Friday,” Sahgal added. The school is now closed for all of next week.
With schools being closed for the weekend, schools had a difficult time identifying students who could have contracted the virus.
“There is no way for us for us to find out who could be infected as the school is closed for the weekend. We’ll get a clear picture only on Monday," said M.I. Husain, principal, DPS Mathura Road.