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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

India - Swine flu toll touches 17

From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 13 August, ( Swine flu pandemic toll in India rose to 15 on Wednesday with three more deaths reported in Pune and one in Nashik, both in Maharashtra, as schools, colleges and cinema halls in Mumbai were shut down to check the spread of the virus.

The latest victims were schoolboy Babu Kuland,Sanjay Mistry (35) and Shravani Deshpande(29) from Pune, and Dr Rupesh Gangunde from Nashik.

So far, the flu has claimed 17 lives -- one each in Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Thane, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram, two in Mumbai,9 in Puneand one in Nashik.

With the infection spreading fast, the Maharashtra government has ordered closure of schools and colleges in Mumbai for a week and theatres and multiplexes for three days.

Swine flu cases countrywide have crossed the 1,000 mark with 119 fresh cases being reported till Tuesday.

- Asian Tribune -

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