In West Bengal state of India 34 more cases of swine flu have been reported today which is highest for a day since January this year. However, as per the officials concerned, it was heartening to note that no death due to swine flu was reported today from across the state.
While talking to PTI, the Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) of West Bengal said that in the past 24 hours no death had occurred in the state. However, he added 34 more persons have tested positive for the H1N1 virus today, and it took the total of swine flu affected people in West Bengal to 392 since January this year. Out of the 34 cases of swine flu detected today, 15 came from the city, nine from South 24 Parganas, three from Howrah, and one each from Purba Midnapur district and Hooghly, he said. Only a single person had been released from a private hospital today, he further added.
Meanwhile, the state government has forbidden one of the three private hospitals from conducting tests for swine flu-infection as, it is alleged, it broke some kind of protocol and violated the rules framed for these tests. Besides, state-run and city-based National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), three private hospitals have been authorized to conduct tests to detect swine flu virus.
On the other hand, the condition of the senior CPI (M) leader, Gautam Deb suffering from swine flu, has been reported to be clinically stable as the six member board constituted for the purpose went through the Deb’s reports today in the morning