NEW DELHI: The number of swine flu cases continued to rise even as the death toll reached 812. The Union Health Ministry has asked the State Drug Controllers to set up a ‘Swine Flu Drugs Availability Monitoring Cell’ with a designated officer to ensure close monitoring of the availability of drugs and vaccines.
According to the ministry, the total number of deaths due to the disease in the country has touched 812 while 13,688 people have been affected with the H1N1 virus. A senior Health ministry official said that there was a dip in the number of fresh cases registered on Sunday. Rajasthan and Gujarat remain worst-hit states with 212 and 207 fatalities respectively.
Meanwhile, Odisha recorded its third casualty after a 42-year-old man died at a City hospital here. He was identified as Anup Kumar Sahoo, who was admitted to the private hospital in a critical condition.