Three more die, swine flu death toll crosses 50
A death each occurred in Pune, Tamil Nadu and Goa with four more testing positive for the virus in Assam even as close to 2,600 patients were undergoing treatment across the country. Full Coverageindia Updated: Aug 22, 2009 20:08 IST
Three more persons, including one in worst-hit Pune, succumbed to the swine flu on Saturday, pushing the country-wide fatalities from the HINI pandemic to 51.
A death each occurred in Pune, Tamil Nadu and Goa with four more testing positive for the virus in Assam even as close to 2,600 patients were undergoing treatment across the country.
With a 60-year-old man succumbing to the disease in Pune in Maharashtra, the city recorded its 20th swine flu death.
All educational institutions in Pune, which reported its first fatality on August three, had been shut for the past one week to prevent the spread of the infection.
The flu claimed its third victim in Tamil Nadu when a 45-year-old man died at the government hospital in Chennai.
The man, whose throat swabs tested positive on August 19, was admitted to the hospital on August 12 with complaints of breathlessness and bleeding piles.
A 67-year-old man, suspected to be suffering from the swine flu, died at a private hospital in Goa, health officials in state capital Panaji said.
Shiva Murthy, who arrived from Bangalore on Friday, was admitted to the hospital with high fever, they said adding he breathed his last this morning.
His throat swabs had been sent for HINI testing to Delhi and the reports were awaited, the officials said.