As many as 48 new swine flu cases were recorded in Mumbai on Sunday. Civic officials said 19 of the patients have been admitted to various city hospitals for close monitoring.
However, with the temperatures rising, the number of cases is likely to drop, doctors said, as warm weather is not conducive for transmission of H1N1.
“The number of cases is already going down. We hope the numbers will drop further with the rise in temperature. People should be cautious and report to the doctor in case of any symptoms,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Breach Candy Hospital.
According to the weather department, the temperatures will continue to rise over the week.
On Sunday, the maximum and minimum temperatures in south Mumbai were almost the same as Saturday, with the maximum at 29.6 degrees Celsius (1.1 degrees Celsius below nor mal) while t he minimum was at 22.4 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Celsius above normal).
Of the 28 new cases reported on Sunday, 14 are children, said civic officials.
Since January, Maharashtra has recorded 2,501 swine flu cases with 211 deaths. Apart from Mumbai, majority of cases are recorded f rom Nagpur and Pune. The state health department recorded 10 deaths on Sunday.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s health department has recorded 20 swine flu-related deaths, of which seven were of Mumbai.