Seventy two new cases of swine flu surfaced on wednesday taking the total number of people affected by H1N1 virus to 720 in Uttar Pradesh, where 16 persons have died so far due to the disease.
"Of the 72 new cases, 59 are from Lucknow, seven from Breilly, two each from Unnao and Meerut and one from Allahabad and Farukbahad," a health department official said here.
With this, the number of H1N1 virus patients has surged to 720 in the state, the maximum of 608 being reported in the state capital, where leave of all the health department officials has been cancelled, he said.
A total of 1,814 patients were screened out of which 720 were tested positive while 16 persons have died so far in the state and the deadly virus has affected 24 districts, the official said.
Eight deaths have been reported from Lucknow, three from Bareilly, two from Kanpur, one each from Saharanpur, Unnao and Badaun districts.
Chief Medical Officer, Lucknow, SNS Yadav said that of the total 608 patients reported from the state capital, 500 have recovered and are leading a normal life.