Swine flu: UAE advises citizens against travelling to India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 13:10 IST

This makes UAE the first country to advise people to restrict travel to India because of fear of getting infected with swine flu, which has infected over 23,000 people and killed 1,239 since January 1.

The UAE ministry of foreign affairs has also asked its citizens already in India to contact the embassy for travel advice.

Roughly 30% of UAE's 9 million residents are Indian nationals, forming the biggest group of expatriates.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday issued an advisory for its citizens, asking them not to travel to India because of the ongoing swine flu (influenza A H1N1) outbreak.?

All four UAE airliners, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai offer daily flights from the UAE cities to Indian cities.

Gujarat and Rajasthan are the states worst hit by swine flu. Health ministry figures show 5,065 persons have come down with swine flu in Gujarat while 302 people have succumbed to it. 295 people have died in Rajasthan, which has seen 5,822 cases of the disease.

The toll in Madhya Pradesh was at 174 with 1,245 cases reported while Maharashtra has seen 178 casualties and 2,139 cases of the disease.

In Telangana, 60 persons have lost their lives to the virus while there have been 47 swine flu deaths in Punjab.

The death toll in Delhi is 10 with the number of persons affected by swine flu in the national capital standing at 3,299.

The disease has killed 52 persons in Karnataka and 16 till March 2 in Uttar Pradesh, where the number of cases has risen to 767.

The toll in Haryana is 25 while Andhra Pradesh has reported 14 deaths. Jammu and Kashmir has registered 10 swine flu casualties.

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