A 35-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man died due to swine flu, raising the nationwide toll to 79 even as authorities in worst-hit Pune have issued a fresh appeal to the people to get on with their daily activities without frequenting crowded places.
Flu fatalities rose to 25 in Pune where Shabana Sheikh, who was on a ventilator since her admission to government-run Sassoon Hospital on August 22, died on Wednesday, hospital sources said.
Attendance in Pune schools and colleges, which reopened on Monday after a fortnight's gap, remained low as a result of the pandemic, officials said.
The district administration appealed to the people to carry on with their daily chores without frequenting crowded places. Many Ganesh festival pandals displayed tableaux highlighting the do's and don'ts about the viral disease.
In Mumbai, Sandeep Gaikwad, who was admitted to L K Hiranandani Hospital in suburban Powai on August 3, died late last night, a municipal corporation official said. He had tested positive for the virus.
With the two deaths, the countrywide toll has risen to 79. Maharashtra now accounts for 43 fatalities-- 25 in Pune, nine in Mumbai, five in Nashik, two in Aurangabad and one each in Dhule and Latur.
Fifteen people have died in Karnataka, seven in Gujarat, three each in Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Delhi and one each in Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Haryana.
As many as 186 confirmed cases of swine flu surfaced in various states in the last two days, taking the number of those afflicted to 3,095.