Swine flu claims 297 lives in Guj, govt tells HC disease no longer pandemic
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-25

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Swine flu has claimed 297 lives in Gujarat since January this year, the government said today even as it informed the high court it is treating the infection as “seasonal influenza” which is no longer pandemic but no efforts are being spared to check its spread.

In an affidavit filed before a bench of Justices M R Shah and B N Karia, the government said the mortality rate due to H1N1 virus has fallen to 10 per cent this year against 16.8 per cent in 2009.

A government bulletin issued today, meanwhile, said the death toll due to swine flu infection since January this year has reached 297.

“At present, influenza H1N1 is being treated as a seasonal influenza, meaning…H1N1 virus has ceased to be a pandemic. The mortality rate has also been substantially reduced to 10 per cent from 16.8 per cent in 2009,” the government told the HC.

As many as 1,075 beds and 200 ventilators have been provided in isolation wards across hospitals in the state where swine flu patients are being treated, the affidavit said.

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