SHIMLA/CHANDIGARH: Senior Congress leader and six-time former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was diagnosed positive for swine flu on Tuesday.
Singh was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla on Sunday with congestion and breathing trouble.
Late on Monday, he was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. His condition, however, is said to be stable.
Sources said Singh was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of cold and chest congestion. “A team of doctors examined him. His blood samples were tested at the laboratory. The samples have tested positive for H1N1 virus. After the report confirmed the virus, a team of doctors is keeping a round-the-clock vigil on his condition,’’ said a doctor.
In the hill state, 44 persons have so far tested positive for swine flu. Of these, 18 patients are in Kangra
district, followed by 12 in Shimla. Already nine people have died due to the virus, said sources.
Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh is likely to get more snow and rain. "A disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region on January 29 causing widespread rainfall and snow in the state till February 1," said an official of India Meteorological Department.
The state government has already issued an advisory for Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts that people should not venture out on heights.