Thai authorities on Wednesday announced another 21 deaths from swine flu in the past week, bringing the death toll to 65. Across the kingdom 30 women and 35 men have been killed by the A(H1N1) virus in 27 of the 76 provinces, a public health ministry statement said.
Of these victims, 41 had underlying diseases such as heart problems, diabetes or kidney failure, the ministry said, while the other 24 were admitted to hospital too late to be saved.
Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday earmarked an additional 13.2 million dollars to combat swine flu as the number of infections climbed to an estimated 500,000.
A medical expert had reported the 500,000 figure to the cabinet, government spokesman Phumin Leetheeraprasert said, although Wednesday’s health ministry statement said it could not accurately confirm the total number.