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August 21, 2009, 13:28: A 26-year-old woman died of swine flu in Bengaluru, taking the toll to 11 in Karnataka which accounts for the second highest fatalities in the country after Maharashtra. Lakshmi, admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Disease on August 15, passed away on Thursday night.

August 21, 2009, 11:26: States not doing enough to combat swine flu, says Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

August 21, 2009, 10:21: 47-year-old person succumbs to swine flu in Chennai on Friday morning. Toll in Tamil Nadu climbs to two.

August 20, 2009, 22:26: The virus also claimed its fourth victim in Mumbai -- the 22nd in Maharashtra -- today as Dattatraya Gawde, 35, died at a civic hospital.

August 20, 2009, 22:26: In the highest number of casualties reported in a day, 10 people died of swine flu across the country on Thursday, taking the nationwide toll to 44.

August 20, 2009, 19:47: Swine flu claims two more lives in Bangalore, death toll in Karnataka due to H1N1 virus goes up to nine

August 20, 2009, 14:37: Flu claims two lives in Delhi, nationwide toll touches 38

August 20, 2009, 11:55: Some 1,799 people have died in the swine flu pandemic since the new virus was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation said today. The latest global toll released by the WHO on its website compared with 1,462 deaths reported by the UN health agency just over a week ago.

August 20, 2009, 11:53: Two more persons succumb to swine flu in Karnataka. Toll in the state mounts to seven.

August 20, 2009, 11:40: Five new patients were admitted to the state-run ID hospital and M R Bangur hospital in Kolkata, on Thursday, raising the total number of positive cases in West Bengal to 61. Twenty one swine flu cases were still under treatment in different hospitals in the state

August 20, 2009, 11:36: Russia to begin testing of swine flu vaccine in early September.

August 20, 2009, 11:34: A 35-year-old woman suspected to be suffering from swine flu died at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi on Thursday

August 20, 2009, 11:34: Two persons showing symptoms of swine flu were hospitalised on their arrival from Malaysia in Chennai.

August 15, 2009, 23:31: Union Health Ministry issues fresh guidelines on swine flu

August 15, 2009, 23:31:

August 15, 2009, 23:31: Karnataka registered its third swine flu death when 28-year-old Manjunath died on Friday evening at a private hospital.

August 15, 2009, 23:30: A 52-year-old man, who had come from Pune today morning, died at the SSG Hospital in Vadodara, taking the number of deaths in Gujarat to three, Health Department officials said.

August 15, 2009, 23:30: Swine flu toll rises to 25

August 15, 2009, 20:35: Four more swine flu cases in Kolkata, raising the total number of affected persons in the metropolis to 33.

August 15, 2009, 20:35: Third swine flu death reported in Karnataka

August 15, 2009, 20:35: 10 more persons test positive for H1N1 virus in Kerala, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 69.

August 15, 2009, 20:34: Three more suspected swine flu cases in Chandigarh

August 15, 2009, 16:6: Nasik: The blood and swab samples of more than a dozen suspected swine flu cases, including that of a 40-year-old person who died of bronchitis, have been sent for testing.

August 15, 2009, 9:44: The number of deaths due to swine flu in Bangalore Karnataka rose to three with the death of a 28-year-old person. The victim is identified as Manjunath.

August 14, 2009, 21:6: The hospitals include Bombay Hospital, Breach Candy, Hinduja, Kokilaben Ambani, Nanavati, Hiranandani, Wockhardt and Inlak hospital in Mumbai. Tamiflu tablets would be provided to patients by these hospitals free of cost. The state government received 2.5 lakh Tamiflu tablets from the Centre on Thursday,

August 14, 2009, 21:5: Maharashtra government has allowed 11 private hospitals in Mumbai to treat swine flu cases. Four private hospitals in Pune and a hospital in Navi Mumbai have also been allowed to treat swine flu patients.

August 14, 2009, 18:53: Two Central health officials arrive in swine flu-hit Pune

August 14, 2009, 18:53: Punjab seeks additional masks from Centre

August 14, 2009, 18:50: Swine flu vaccine to be ready in four months, says Centre

August 14, 2009, 18:49: CRPF constable suspected of swine-flu quarantined in Mizoram

August 14, 2009, 18:8: Maharashtra witnesses low-key Dahi Handi celebrations

August 14, 2009, 18:8: Kashmir: Two tourists from South India test positive for swine flu

August 14, 2009, 18:7: Orissa CM seeks Centre's help for swine flu control measures

August 14, 2009, 14:27: The Centre has decided to organise an orientation programme for experts from private laboratories for conducting tests.

August 14, 2009, 14:26: With an elderly woman and a teenaged boy dying of swine flu in Pune and Raipur, the swine flu toll in the country has risen to 24.

August 14, 2009, 11:50: Pune, severely hit by the dreaded swine flu, witnessed low-key 'dahi handi' celebrations on Janmashtami today with many community functions being cancelled.

August 14, 2009, 11:37: RAJKOT: Three persons, including a medical practitioner, have been hospitalised for suspected swine flu.

August 14, 2009, 11:17: PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today urged the Centre to set up a virology laboratory in the state for ensuring quick test of swine-flu samples in the wake of nation-wide panic over the disease. "The Centre must set up a virology lab in Bihar in the wake of panic over the disease," Kumar said.

August 14, 2009, 9:55: HYDERABAD: Three new H1N1 suspects were today admitted to a government-run Hospital, including two local persons and one arrived from Pune. The hospital has 27 cases of which three are new H1N1 suspects, four are previously confirmed H1N1 and the remaining are old suspect cases awaiting for their reports.

August 14, 2009, 9:51: CHENNAI: Three persons, who arrived here from Singapore today, were quarantined for suspected swine flu symptoms. According to airport officials, two men, aged 40 and 42, who arrived this morning, were found with symptoms of H1N1 virus.

August 14, 2009, 9:39: Swine flu toll goes up to 23

August 13, 2009, 21:59: Ninety more swine flu cases were reported from across the country today taking the total number of those infected to 1,283. Pune remained the worst-hit area reporting 43 new cases. While Mumbai reported 18 flu cases, Kolhapur had two, Delhi (16), Bangalore (9), Mangalore (1) and Gurgaon (1).

August 13, 2009, 20:37: Deaths in B'luru, Pune push swine flu toll to 21

August 13, 2009, 20:36: 'We have enough centres for testing. Why panic?'

August 13, 2009, 20:36: The flu, the scare and the confusion

August 13, 2009, 19:21: Swine flu positive cases in West Bengal rises to 19

August 13, 2009, 18:18: Deaths in B'luru, Pune push swine flu toll to 21

August 13, 2009, 18:13: First suspected swine flu case detected in Bihar

August 13, 2009, 17:35: A 26-year-old teacher became the first swine flu fatality in Bangalore while an infant and two women died in worst-hit Pune today, taking the nationwide death toll to 21

August 13, 2009, 17:0: Punjab to send medical teams to remote areas to tackle swine flu

August 13, 2009, 14:54: The spate in swine flu cases in the country was today discussed threadbare at the meeting ofthe Union Cabinet here, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that panic should not be created over the issue.

August 13, 2009, 14:51: Bangalore records first swine fu death

August 13, 2009, 13:45: With over 25,000 pilgrims thronging Vaishnodevi cave shrine daily, devotees are being screened to find out whether they are affected by swine flu virus. The Jammu and Kashmir government has put the health care system on high alert with teams of doctors carrying out the screening at Katra, the base camp of the shrine.

August 13, 2009, 13:27: Bangalore recorded its first swine flu death. The victim, Roopa, 36, passed away at the St Philomenas hospital.

August 13, 2009, 12:8: CHENNAI: A mother and son who arrived in Chennai from Toronto were quarantined with suspected swine flu symptoms today. According to airport officials, the 40-year-old woman and her 14-year-old son, who arrived this morning from the Canadian capital, were found carrying symptoms of H1N1 virus.

August 13, 2009, 11:40: An eleven-month-old boy and a 75-year-old woman died in Pune today, taking the toll across the country to 19.

August 13, 2009, 8:56: Ten people tested positive for swine flu in Gujarat on Wednesday, taking the total number of those afflicted by the disease across the country to 1,203. While Pune remained the worst-hit area by the disease with 61 new cases being reported from the city, Gujarat's 10 new cases take the number of infected to 27 in the state.

August 12, 2009, 21:52: Pune remained the worst-hit area by the disease with 61 new cases being reported from the city. Mumbai had 24 new cases, Kolkata (3), Bangalore (10), Shillong (1), Goa (1), Delhi (8), Hyderabad (3) and Ahmedabad (4).

August 12, 2009, 21:51: Swine flu continued its surge across the country today with 115 fresh cases being reported taking the total number of those afflicted to 1,193.

August 12, 2009, 21:49: Nearly 1600 schools in Mumbai, including 1,100 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run schools would be temporally closed as a precautionary measure to check swine flu.

August 12, 2009, 21:47: Delhi government has directed all private hospitals in the city having capacity of 200 beds to reserve 10 of them in isolation wards only for swine flu patients.

August 12, 2009, 20:54: As a precautionary measure to curb swine flu, Maharashtra government has asked malls to put off discount offers and other such schemes which attract a large number of customers.

August 12, 2009, 19:28: Cong fumbled in dealing with swine flu: BJP

August 12, 2009, 19:24: Nine swine flu suspects admitted in Rajasthan

August 12, 2009, 17:43: Indian drug makers to increase production of Tamiflu

August 12, 2009, 17:40: Another patient dies in a Pune hospital. Death toll reaches 17

August 12, 2009, 17:18: Three fresh cases elevate UP's swine flu count to 15

August 12, 2009, 17:17: Sena seeks low-key Janmashtami celebrations

August 12, 2009, 17:16: Images: Swine flu spreads in India

August 12, 2009, 17:15: Yoga can cure swine flu, says Baba Ramdev

August 12, 2009, 17:11: 20 to 30 pc Malaysians under swine flu threat: World Health Organisation

August 12, 2009, 15:43: Thirteen more flu samples from J&K sent to Delhi

August 12, 2009, 15:43: Three suspected cases of swine flu in Delhi

August 12, 2009, 15:43: Two suspected of swine flu in Chennai, quarantined.

August 12, 2009, 14:26: Three fresh cases elevate UP's swine flu count to 15

August 12, 2009, 14:26: 29 suspected swine flu cases in Chandigarh, Haryana

August 12, 2009, 14:26: Bihar demands setting up of virology lab

August 12, 2009, 13:18: Three suspected cases of swine flu in Delhi

August 12, 2009, 13:17: Four suspected flu patients in Chhattisgarh

August 12, 2009, 13:13: All multiplexes and theatres across Mumbai will be shut for three days, informed authorities.

August 12, 2009, 11:59: Kulund's death is the 15th case of swine flu-related death in India and the eighth such case in Pune.

August 12, 2009, 11:58: All schools, colleges, private institutions and coaching classes will be shut in Mumbai for the next seven days in the wake of the spread of swine flu.

August 12, 2009, 11:57: 41-year-old Balu Kulund dies of swine flu in Pune

August 12, 2009, 8:48: Swine flu claimed its 14th victim in India on Wednesday morning as Dr Rupesh Gangurde, who had been diagnosed with the deadly virus, died at the Nashik Civil Hospital. This is Nashik's first swine flu death.

August 12, 2009, 8:48: Shrawani Deshpande, 29, died at the Sasoon Hospital in Pune. This is the seventh swine flu death in Pune, which is emerging as the swine flu capital of India.

August 12, 2009, 1:2: 35-year-old swine flu patient dies in Pune

August 11, 2009, 21:18: Swine flu: Centre dispatches teams to states

August 11, 2009, 20:41: First swine flu case detected in Meghalaya

August 11, 2009, 20:13: An NRI, who came from France a week back, was admitted to the civil hospital in Jalandhar with symptoms of swine flu.

August 11, 2009, 20:12: The Kerala government has stepped up vigil and decided to set up testing centres in all districts. A total of 55 confirmed swine flu cases have been reported in the state.

August 11, 2009, 20:10: A 17-year-old boy has tested positive for the H1N1 virus in Meghalaya. This is the first case of swine flu in the state.

August 11, 2009, 20:5: Fresh 11 swine flu cases reported from Lucknow

August 11, 2009, 19:7: Malaysian coach with suspected symptoms of H1N1 virus was quarantined at the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad. One player from Thailand is also suspected to be suffering from swine flu.

August 11, 2009, 18:55: A 20-year-old man, who was admitted to a hospital in Ajmer after his return from Dubai last week, has tested positive for swine flu, taking the number of confirmed cases detected so far in Rajasthan to five.

August 11, 2009, 18:55: Many schools in Bangalore have issued SMS alerts to their students on swine flu and directed them to wear masks.

August 11, 2009, 17:52: One more person has tested positive for swine flu in Gujarat, which has witnessed 15 such cases so far.

August 11, 2009, 17:51: To prevent outbreak of swine flu among its personnel, the defence forces have earmarked 50 of their hospitals across the country to tackle the disease. "39 Army hospitals, five Navy and six Air Force hospitals have been earmarked to check the spread of Swine Flu in our forces," Defence Ministry officials said.

August 11, 2009, 16:50: The prestigious Bombay Scottish School in Mahim has decided to remain shut for a week from August 12.

August 11, 2009, 16:49: According to some reports, activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are forcing schools across Mumbai to shut down, to contain the spread of swine flu.

August 11, 2009, 15:34: A 63-year-old woman died of swine flu at a private hospital in Mumbai, taking the country-wide toll in the viral infection to 10.

August 11, 2009, 14:44: Seven-year-old girl succumbs to swine flu in government-run Sir Sayaji Rao Hospital in Vadodara. This is the 10th such death in the country.

August 11, 2009, 12:57: Just In: At Mumbai's prestigious Bombay Scottish School, where some of the Thackeray children have studied, we hear parents have demanded that the school be closed from Wednesday, but no official announcement has been made yet.

August 11, 2009, 12:46: Jammu and Kashmir recorded its first case in Jammu. The victim is an MBA student in Pune who came to her hometown on vacation, reports our Srinagar correspondent Mukhtar Ahmad.

August 11, 2009, 12:16: Jammu and Kashmir reported its first swine flu case on Tuesday with a girl studying in Pune testing positive for the virus at the Jammu government hospital.

August 11, 2009, 12:5: Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked chief ministers of all states to take urgent measures to tackle spread of the dreaded virus in the country.

August 11, 2009, 11:46: Swine flu scare has hit the World Badminton Championships and a Malaysian coach has been admitted to a local government hospital here after showing symptoms of the deadly disease.

August 11, 2009, 11:11: The Haryana government has decided to invoke the Epidemic Disease Act of 1897 to tackle swine flu, the third state to make use of the law after Delhi and Maharashtra.

August 11, 2009, 11:7: The Haryana government has decided to invoke the Epidemic Disease Act of 1897 to tackle swine flu, the third state to make use of the law after Delhi and Maharashtra.

August 11, 2009, 10:31: Andhra Pradesh is well placed in tackling swine flu even though it reported the first case in the country, said a top health official in the state.

August 11, 2009, 4:9: 13-year old Shruti Gawade succumbs to swine flu in Pune

August 10, 2009, 23:2: According to Mumbai civic officials, Rims International in Andheri, J B Vacha School in Dadar and Dhirubhai Ambani School in Bandra Kurla complex have been closed down for a week. Several other schools, including Arya Vidya Mandir school and Utpal Sangvi School in Juhu, Cathedral school at Peddar road and St Dominic Savio School in Andheri, have been closed down as well

August 10, 2009, 23:1: Of the six centres opened at different hospitals in Mumbai, three would be in western and three in eastern suburbs. The hospital are -- Cooper hospital in Vile Parle, V N Desai in Santacruz, S K Patil in Malad, Bhabha hospital in Kurla, Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli and Saptapadi in Govandi.

August 10, 2009, 23:0: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today announced opening of six more screening centres for the purpose.

August 10, 2009, 22:5: Swine flu pandemic: Jayalalithaa slams TN govt

August 10, 2009, 22:5: Swine flu high alert sounded in Varanasi

August 10, 2009, 21:58: J&K: Omar reviews swine flu preparedness in state

August 10, 2009, 21:27: New wave of deadly H1N1 is ready to explode

August 10, 2009, 21:22: Govt to allow pvt labs to conduct swine flu tests

August 10, 2009, 21:13: No swine flu cases in Bihar: State health minister

August 10, 2009, 21:12: J&K CM Omar Abdullah takes stock of state's preparedness to counter swine flu menace

August 10, 2009, 21:7: If you thought that a simple surgical mask will protect you from being infected by swine flu virus, you were wrong. The Centre for Disease Control, United States, and doctors recommend use of N95 respirators for protection. This they recommend both for the infected person and to those who get exposed to virus during their visits to hospitals and other places.

August 10, 2009, 21:5: The Maharashtra government has instructed the pharmacies and drugstores not to sell disposable masks without prescription.

August 10, 2009, 21:5: Maharashtra Government today advised people not to use disposable masks as its improper disposal could lead to spread of H1N1 virus. Instead, public has been asked to use handkerchief as a protective gear to prevent swine flu infection.

August 10, 2009, 21:3: With 14 new cases of swine flu reported in New Delhi on Monday, the total number of people infected by the virus so far stood at 242.

August 10, 2009, 20:30: The Centre has decided to send around 35 additional and joint secretaries from various ministries, along with health ministry officials, to states to brief them about the steps to spruce up the healthcare infrastructure.

August 10, 2009, 20:27: Sanjay Bahausaheb Tilekar, a 35-year-old pharmacist who had been in critical condition for the past few days, died at Pune's Sassoon Hospital.

August 10, 2009, 20:14: Seventh swine flu death in India. 35-year-old pharmacist dies in Pune

August 10, 2009, 20:10: The government has decided to allow private labs to conduct tests of suspected cases in accordance with guidleines issued by it and stockpile another two crore tablets of Tamiflu to check spread of the disease.

August 10, 2009, 19:58: People with swine flu symptoms have been asked by the Maharashtra government and festival organisers in the state to stay away from crowded places during Janmashtami, Ganesh chaturthi and Ramzan celebrations.

August 10, 2009, 19:57: Health authorities and experts in Washington have warned governments across the world that the new wave of swine flu could badly hit people in the poor and least-prepared parts of the globe.

August 10, 2009, 18:43: Additional and Joint Secretaries of various ministries along with Health Ministry officials to be sent to states to brief them about swine flu, says Azad.

August 10, 2009, 18:42: Azad says government to procure 22,000 more medical kits to test swine flu.

August 10, 2009, 18:28: Gujarat Health Minister Jai Narayan Vyas says there is no swine flu panic in the state.

August 10, 2009, 18:25: The Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore has shut down for a week after a child was suspected to have contracted the deadly virus.

August 10, 2009, 18:18: "This flu is a new kind of flu, which is coming to India from outside. Medicines, which are meant for it, are not to be taken on your own unless tests are done and you are verified," says Delhi CM.

August 10, 2009, 18:16: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has left it to the discretion of school authorities to close their institutions if their students tests positive, but advised them not to do so as it could create panic among people in the city

August 10, 2009, 18:12: Maharashtra issues guidelines to private hospitals in treatment of swine flu cases; asks them to adhere to WHO norms while setting up screening and isolation wards.

August 10, 2009, 18:12: Private labs in the country can conduct swine flu tests provided they follow guidelines issued by the Centre, says Azad.

August 10, 2009, 18:8: More information on the swine flu pandemic can be found at the Health Ministry's website:

August 10, 2009, 18:5: Affected school children must be isolated. However, closing schools is not an option, says Azad

August 10, 2009, 18:4: If any other country develops swine flu vaccine before us, the government will certainly consider procuring the same, says Azad

August 10, 2009, 18:3: H1N1 vaccine will be ready by December-January. The government will launch a new website for swine flu awareness in the next few days.

August 10, 2009, 18:2: Closing schools is not a solution, says the Health Minister.

August 10, 2009, 18:1: 75 lakh Tamiflu tablets have been distributed, says Azad, adding that the government stock will be increased to 2 cr tablets

August 10, 2009, 17:57: Open sale of swine flu drug has not been permitted as of now

August 10, 2009, 17:55: The Cathedral School in Mumbai has been closed till August 19

August 10, 2009, 17:53: The country now has 18 testing labs as against 2 earlier. Thermal scanners will be set up at all airports

August 10, 2009, 17:52: Of the total 864 swine flu cases, 633 were detected at airports across the country.

August 10, 2009, 17:51: 523 people have been discharged while 341 are still undergoing treatment

August 10, 2009, 17:51: 864 confirmed swine flu cases in India, says Azad

August 10, 2009, 17:49: Grappling with rising swine flu cases, Maharashtra government has ordered closure of schools and colleges for a week in worst-affected Pune while theatres and multiplexes will remain shut for three days.

August 10, 2009, 17:42: Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is holding a media briefing on the H1N1 pandemic

August 10, 2009, 17:39: Authorities at the Junior Modern School in Delhi have decided to close the school for a week after two of its student tested positive for swine flu.

August 10, 2009, 17:38: Authorities in New Delhi have asked doctors to protect themselves from HINI virus. "Kits are being distributed to doctors who are examining swine flu patients for their personal protection," said N K Chaturvedi, Medical Superintendent, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

August 10, 2009, 17:36: Earlier in the day, a 35-year-old ayurvedic doctor and a four-year-old boy died of swine flu in Pune and Chennai, taking the toll due to the dreaded viral infection in the country to six.

August 10, 2009, 17:36: Pune, which has reported three swine flu deaths out of the six across India, has emerged as the swine flu capital of the country.

August 10, 2009, 17:35: Authorities on Monday announced that all theatres, multiplexes and schools in Pune will remain shut for three days.

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