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39 more swine flu deaths, toll nears 1000 mark

Swine flu claimed 39 more lives as the death toll reached closer to the 1000 mark while the number of people affected with the H1N1 virus across the country crossed 17,000 on Thursday.

Ministry sources said 965 people have perished due to the disease while the total number of people affected with the seasonal influenza virus has crossed the 17,000 mark till the evening of February 25.

The Health Ministry had on Wednesday put the total number of deaths at 926 and the number of affected persons at 16,235.

Fresh cases were reported from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Nagaland and Bihar among other states.

The government meanwhile asserted it is "very serious" on combating the challenge and asked people not to panic but be alert as necessary arrangements are in place to deal with the situation.
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