A record 220 people tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) on Monday, taking the total number of infected persons in the country to 1,928 but no more deaths from the virus were reported in the day, health officials said.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also advised schools to do away with morning assemblies. Meanwhile, sources said a new set of guidelines will be issued soon which will make mandatory for class teachers to check each student for symptoms of swine flu.
A total of 220 laboratory confirmed cases were confirmed Monday, of which Mumbai reported a whopping 90 cases followed by Pune where 42 more people were infected. Nashik (5), Ahmadnagar (4), Osmanabad (4), Nagpur (3), Washim (2), Aurangabad (1) and Jalna (1) were the other towns in Maharashtra from where swine flu cases were reported on Monday.
While Chennai reported 20 cases, Bangalore has 11, Belgaum one, Udupi (3), Ahmedabad (16), Delhi (7), Jammu (4), Raipur (3) and Kolkata (3). Except two cases in Mumbai, the rest 218 were indigenous cases.
"There is no new death reported today. The cumulative deaths reported till now is 25 - Pune (13), Mumbai (2), Ahmedabad (1), Chennai (1), Vadodara (1), Nasik (1), Thiruvananthapuram (1) and Bangalore (5)," the health ministry said.
So far, 9,904 persons have been tested, of whom 1,928 have been found positive positive for the virus. out of these, 703 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
"A central team is stationed in Maharashtra to assist the state government in instituting appropriate public health measures," the health ministry said.
Meanwhile, the premier Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad sought help from health officials on preventive measures to ward off swine flu threat in the campus. The development came after one of its students tested positive to the virus but left for her home in Delhi without informing the institute management.
"We have already taken a series of preventive measures to ward off any threat of the H1N1 virus spreading in the campus by following several recommendations made by the AMC's (Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation) health officials," IIM-A said in a statement.
In Kolkata, former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly's niece tested positive for swine flu and was admitted to the isolation ward of a hospital. The 11-year-old girl is stable but under constant medical supervision.