Posted by Abby Kapoor on March 12, 2010

The officials added that none of the three deaths registered occurred during the day itself, all were earlier deaths that were confirmed and reported by authorities in the respective states where they occurred.

The two deaths were reported from Pink city, Rajasthan, and the third death was reported from Maharashtra.

Twenty four new cases of the flu were reported by health officials, including 20 in Maharashtra, and one each in Goa, Delhi, Karnataka, and Rajasthan.

The officials said that with these reported figures the total number of lab-confirmed cases of the influenza virus reported in country so far has gone up to 29,904.

Imported swine flu vaccine arriving in India
According to a senior health minister in India, imported 'swine flu vaccine' are most likely to be made available to the high risk groups, which include medical practitioners and paramedical staff who have been dealing with patients infected with H1N1 virus, by the end of this week.

Nearly, 1.5 million doses of swine flu vaccine have been secured by the nation from leading pharmaceutical companies.

Three Indian manufacturers of vaccine are also being supported to manufacture H1N1 vaccine. The swine flu vaccine Fluvac, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), is likely to be out for commercial use by April end.

Currently, there are 109 hospitals in India which are treating patients of swine flu and out of these 24 are in Pune.

Preventing and limiting spread of swine flu
According to the Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Indian Government is taking appropriate actions to both prevent and limit the spread of swine flu or influenza A (H1N1) and to mitigate its impact.

The health officials said that on 22 international airports, entry screening of passengers were carried out and approximately 600 lab-confirmed cases were detected through screening.

State wise death toll
Maharashtra 383
Gujarat 299
Rajasthan 196
Karnataka 148
Delhi 95
Andhra Pradesh 52
Punjab 40
Haryana 38
Kerala 37
Madhya Pradesh 28
Uttar Pradesh 19
Uttarakhand 13
Chhattisgarh 11
Chandigarh 8
Himachal Pradesh 8
Tamil Nadu 7
Puducherry 6
Goa 5
Jammu & Kashmir 4
Orissa 3
Assam 2
Mizoram 1
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1

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