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Swine flu brings death toll to 21 over past week
Travellers using handkerchiefs and masks to cover their faces as prevention from Swine Flu in crowded railway stations in Mumbai. A Telegraph file picture.

New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI): The swine flu virus, which has been on a resurgent course since the beginning of monsoons, tightened its grip over the country during the past week with 21 deaths being reported from various parts.

Kerala and Maharashtra again bore the brunt during the week (13th to 19th July) with the states reporting eight and 11 cases respectively. One death was reported from Delhi and another from Gujarat. The two states had reported 16 out of the total 17 deaths the earlier week (7th to 13th July).

Out of the 332 cases reported during the week, only one case is imported and rest are indigenous cases. Till date, samples from 14,7250 people have been tested for Influenza A H1N1 in Government Laboratories and a few private Laboratories across the country and 34,115 of them have been found positive.

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