Swine flu cases reach 242 in Delhi
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 00:17
New Delhi: With 14 new cases of swine flu reported in the city today, the total number of people infected by the virus so far stood at 242.

"Today 14 new cases were reported positive in the test. Of these eight were male and six female. Six of those who reported positive have returned form foreign trips," Health Minister Kiran Walia told reporters.

After the National Institute of Communicable Diseases was overloaded with samples, she said some of them have been sent to AIIMS and Patel Chest Hospital in North Delhi.

However, NICD will continue to serve as a control room where at least 100 people are being screened daily for the flu, Health Minister Kiran Walia said.

Anticipating an increase in number of patients, the government has also decided to set up health facilities, including setting up a screening room in every hospital for checking purpose and increase in the number of beds.

"Every district has twenty teams with each comprising at least 5 experts who are keeping a tab on situation. There is no shortage of beds as number of beds has increased by five," Walia said.

She said her department has released "Guidelines for Home Quarantine" specifying do's and don'ts for H1N1 patients/ suspects and for management of H1N1 Influenza A in the capital.

One more school shut

One more city school on Monday decided to shut down for a week after two of its students tested positive for swine flu.

The decision to close down the Junior Modern School on Humayun Road in the city came after two class III students tested positive for the virus.

The Junior Modern School has become the third school in the city in the last two days to close the institution following cases of swine flu among students.

Sanskriti School in Chanakyapuri and Delhi Public School in East of Kailash have decided to close down for a week after a student each from the educational institutions tested positive for swine flu.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 00:17

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