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January 20, 2010

India's swine flu toll jumps to 1,136

A whopping 16 swine flu deaths, 13 from Gujarat alone, were reported Monday, taking the toll due to the contagious virus in the country to 1,136, health department officials said.

In Gujarat, seven people died in the day, while six deaths had occurred earlier but were confirmed Monday.

Officials said with the 13 deaths in the state, the toll has gone up to 189.

Two deaths were also reported from Rajasthan, where the toll has now risen to 172.

In Kerala, one person died due to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus. So far, 35 people have succumbed to the virus in the southern state.

However, Maharashtra continues to top the list of states that records the highest deaths in the country. As many as 300 people have died due to the swine flu in the state since Aug 3 when the first causality was reported.

“Five new swine flu cases took Delhi's infection tally due to influenza A (H1N1) to 9,600,” a health ministry official told.

With 9,600 cases, Delhi continues to lead the national infection tally. The death toll in the city remains unchanged at 89.

Also, 56 new cases were reported in the country, taking the number of people infected with the swine flu to 28,251.

New cases were also reported from Gujarat (19), Maharashtra (16), Rajasthan (six), Uttar Pradesh (five) and West Bengal (one).

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