New Delhi, March 23 – Swine flu claimed the lives of 16 more people as the death toll across the country crossed the 1,900 mark while the total number of persons affected by the H1N1 virus touched 32,000.
According to data collated by the Union Health Ministry, as on March 21, 1,911 people have died due to the contagious disease while the number of those affected across the country stood at 32,233.
The two most affected states are Gujarat and Rajasthan. In Gujarat, the number of people who have died of the disease has climbed to 410 while the number of affected persons was 6,360. In Rajasthan, the death toll stood at 400 while the number of affected persons was 6,409.
The Union Health Ministry said the death toll in Maharashtra rose to 347 with 4,082 people having contracted the H1N1 virus. In Madhya Pradesh, 281 people have perished with 2,094 persons being affected.
The toll in Telangana has reached 75 while in Karnataka, the death toll stands at 77. The death toll in Uttarakhand has reached 11 while in Punjab, the disease has claimed the lives of 53 persons.
Another person has died taking the death toll in West Bengal to 24 while the toll has increased to 36 in Uttar Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir has seen 16 swine flu fatalities. In Delhi, the toll has risen to 12 with the number of affected persons at 4,142.