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Info 20 Oct 2022 | 1:08 pm

Swine flu cases spiral in Ludhiana, 44 infected so far

Spread of swine flu has become a cause for concern in the city with the number of cases more than doubling in less than a month in Ludhiana. The number of cases reported in the district, including those from outside the city, have breached the 100 mark. Tiruppur district reported 16 new cases. The Health Department said 15 persons recovered from the disease, and the district had 101 active cases. The district had a test positivity rate of 6.3% on Saturday when 15 persons tested positive.

Spread of swine flu has become a cause for concern in the city with the number of cases more than doubling in less than a month in Ludhiana. The number of cases reported in the district, including those from outside the city, have breached the 100 mark. Health officials warned that more cases were expected in the next two months.As per the swine flu report of Saturday evening, there were 44 cases in the district so far. The last time the number of cases exceeded the current figure was in 2019, when 86 such cases were reported. There was just one case in the corresponding period last year.There were 19 swine flu cases on September 8, which means that there has been a 131.6% hike in cases in less than a month.The report suggests that till Saturday evening, 65 cases from other districts were reported in Ludhiana hospitals and the total number of patients (including those of Ludhiana district) stood at 109.As per the report, there were eight swine flu deaths in Ludhiana district till Saturday evening. Data of such deaths since 2015 suggests that the number of deaths was more than the figure in 2017, when 18 persons died of the disease. The figure of deaths in 2019 was not available while in 2020, no such deaths took place. In 2021, one death was reported in the district.Civil surgeon Dr Hatinder Kaur was not available for comments but health officials said that they were prepared to tackle cases. They assured that the health department had adequate stock of Tamiflu , which is prescribed to swine flu patients and that beds had been earmarked in the civil hospital for them.Meanwhile, health officials said that people should not panic but they should ne cautious.

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