A toddler and a middle-aged man have succumbed to swine flu in Maharashtra and Gujarat, pushing the nationwide toll due to the pandemic to 71 even as schools and colleges in Pune, which had been shut due to the spurt in the infection, reopened on Monday after nearly two weeks.
Over 100 more fresh cases of flu infection were reported from various states on Monday.
The two-and-a-half year-old child, who was suffering from a liver disorder, was admitted to the Command Hospital in worst-hit Pune on August 21 after she tested positive for the virus, health officials said.
She passed away last night, they said. With toddler's death, the toll in Pune has risen to 23 and in Maharashtra to 39.
52-year-old Rajesh Udhad, who was admitted to Wockhardt Hospital in Rajkot on August 20 after he showed flu symptoms like fever, breathlessness and vomitting, died this morning, raising the virus toll in Gujarat to seven.
With the two deaths, fatalities due to the disease has climbed to 71. This includes Karnataka with 12, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh with three each, Delhi two and Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Haryana with one each.
Meanwhile, schools and colleges in Pune reopened after almost two weeks of closure effected by the authorities to prevent spread of the flu virus.