24/01/2015 10:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Swine Flu Claims Five More Lives In India, 199 Cases Reported

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Family members of Indian swine flu patients wait outside the ward at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on January 21, 2015. Seven swine flu deaths have been recorded since January and more than 100 positive cases in the southern Indian state of Telangana, a report said. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

New Delhi: Swine flu has claimed the lives of five more people across the country, taking the death toll of people affected by the viral disease up to 15. The number of people affected by the disease has risen to 199.

According to reports, swine flu has claimed two more lives in the national capital, taking the death toll to five in the city, while 26 people were tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, three more deaths were reported during the last 24 hours, with 12 new cases of swine flu being reported from the state.

Health commissioner J P Gupta and chief secretary D J Pandian today rushed to Bhuj in Kutch with as many as 50 swine flu cases reported so far in the district alone, said Gupta.

"To speed up the detection, the state government has decided to install a testing facility in Bhuj. It will save crucial time," he said.

Gupta, Pandian and other senior officials also visited the G K General Hospital in Bhuj.

"We would be deploying five more doctors and ten nurses at this hospital. We will also equip a hospital in Gandhidham for the treatment of swine flu," said Pandian.

According to reports, a team of health experts from New Delhi had completed its assessment of the swine flu situation in Telangana on Friday and called for improving hygiene and pro-active testing of samples.

The three-member team said that it will submit its report to the Centre as soon as it returns to the national capital, adding that there is no need for panic, and stating that the number of swine flu cases will come down with the rise in temperatures.

With inputs from ANI