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Kolkata, March 1: As many as 16 fresh cases of swine flu were detected in West Bengal in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 131, an official said Sunday. There were no fresh deaths. Swine Flu H1N1: Swine flu claims 965 lives; government admits shortage of labs Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: 54 Non-suburban Passenger Trains to Run in West Bengal From Dec 2
The toll due to swine flu in Bengal rose to eight Saturday with the death of a two and-a-half-year-old at a city hospital. “No deaths were reported since Saturday evening. 16 fresh cases have been detected. The total number of cases has reached 131,” said Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Malay Kumar De. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Reminds PM Modi of Unpaid GST Dues at COVID Meet with CMs
Most of the cases are being reported from the North 24 Parganas district and from Kolkata while some were reported from Howrah and Hooghly districts. However, De said the state government is not advising residents to get vaccinated.