Bengal swine flu death count now 20

With one more person succumbing to swine flu on Sunday, the death count from the disease rose to 20 in West Bengal since January, a senior health official said.

"The victim, in his 60s, passed away at a hospital in neighbouring Howrah," said Health Secretary Malay Dey. He said the patient was on ventilator support for some time.

He said over the last 24 hours seven more people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus that causes swine flu, pushing up the total number of patients in the state to 311.

Yesterday, one death was reported from Barasat. As many as 15 fresh cases were recorded since Friday.

"The toll for the state is 19 and the total number of cases now is 304. We are monitoring the situation closely," Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Malay Kumar De told IANS.

Most of the cases were reported from Barasat in North 24 Parganas district and Kolkata while some were reported from Howrah and Hooghly districts.(IANS)

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