Swine Flu has taken a toll on the lives of people with 31 losing their lives on Monday the total number rises to 226 in the country.

According to a Union health ministry data, Delhi, which till January 28 was third in the number of swine flu cases after Rajasthan and Gujarat, is now in the second position registering 1,011 cases, with 479 new cases recorded in the last one week.

“There is sufficient stock of swine flu drug — Oseltamivir — and there is no scarcity of N95 masks and diagnostic kits. Further, states have been asked to issue advisories to people mentioning the dos and don’ts,” a senior health ministry official said.

The state of Telangana has also seen an alarming rise in the number of swine flu cases with at least 330 people tested positive for the infectious seasonal influenza so far in this year.

Speaking to ANI, Director of Institute of Preventive Medicine, Telangana, Dr Shankar, said: “As the temperature is falling down, swine flu cases are increasing in the state. In the last month, we have tested 1,656 swine flu samples of which 307 turned out to be positive. This month, we have tested 246 samples of which 23 were positive. After reviewing the situation, we are alerting the state officials and instructing them to follow proper medication.”

As many as 84 people have died due to swine flu across Rajasthan in just two days.

Swine flu cases generally rise in the winter season and a majority of people contract the disease in the month of December and January. Rajasthan is among the states, which has been reporting a large number of swine flu cases.

Swine flu is an infection caused by one of several swine influenza viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common across the country.

H1N1 virus spreads when an individual touches an infected person or breathes droplets of coughs and sneezes that are in the air. Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra are among the states that have been majorly affected by the viral respiratory condition. 

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