New Delhi: Seventeen swine flu deaths, ten of them in Karnataka alone, were reported on Monday, taking the total toll due to Influenza A (H1N1) virus to 257 in India, health authorities said.
Although health ministry officials said seven deaths were reported on Monday - three each in Maharashtra and Gujarat and one in Andhra Pradesh, ten deaths occurred in Karnataka in a span of 10 days, but were only confirmed on Monday.
The official said that the ten deaths that occurred in Karnataka between September 8 to 18 have been found to be due to the contagious virus. The laboratory confirmations came on Monday.
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"Four more deaths have taken place in the state. But we are waiting for the laboratory confirmation," the official said.
With these deaths, the total death toll in Karnataka has jumped to 79 - the second highest in the country.
In Maharashtra, two deaths were reported from Pune, the epicentre of the virus, and one in Nagpur. With the three deaths, the total number of deaths in the state has gone up to 106 - the highest in the country.
Three deaths - one each from Gandhinagar, Surat and Vadodara - were also reported from Gujarat. With these three deaths, the toll in the state has risen to 26 - the third highest in the country.
Authorities said one death was also reported from Hyderabad. The total death toll in Andhra Pradesh is now 22 - the fourth highest.
Meanwhile, 228 fresh swine flu cases were reported in the country, taking the total number of people affected with Influenza A (H1N1) to 8,153.
Of these, 49 new cases were reported in Maharashtra, taking the total number of people affected with the virus to 2,427 - the highest in the country.
Delhi also continued to record fresh cases. Of the 228 new cases, 59 were from the Indian capital alone, taking the total number of people affected with the virus to 1,893. This figure is the second highest in the country. Eight people have died in the national capital.
The other states that recorded new cases are - Andhra Pradesh (32), Tamil Nadu (30), Haryana (26), Kerala (11), Gujarat (7) and Bihar (1).
"Till date samples from 35,148 people have been tested for influenza A (H1N1) in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 8,153 of them have been found positive," a statement issued here said.