Swine flu
A nurse carries masks and medicine outside the influenza A (H1N1) ward in Mumbai May 2, 2009. [Representational Image]Reuters

The swine flu epidemic is only getting worse in India. The virus has so far claimed 703 lives while over 11,000 new cases have been reported across the nation as of Thursday as the H1N1 influenza A virus spreads its tentacles in new states – this time the north-eastern parts of India.

The total number of swine flu cases have amounted to 11,071 with patients from Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Telangana are adding to the numbers. Nagaland has become the latest victim of the deadly virus that has already taken its toll on the people of several other states, reported Daily News & Analysis.

While no new deaths were reported in Jammu & Kashmir, 13 tested positive for swine flu taking the number of cases to 84 in the state, according to PTI.

 In Rajasthan, the deadly virus has claimed eight more lives since Wednesday increasing the toll to 191 since January this year. Rajasthan has reported 3,648 cases of swine flu so far, while in Gujarat 2,371 have tested positive with the disease and the toll has risen to 176 since January this year as nine fresh cases were reported recently.

In Delhi, the number of deaths remained low at six while 1,789 have been detected with swine flu so far this year.

In the latest, 34 fresh cases of swine flu were reported from Telangana taking the total to 1,162 as of Wednesday. At least 46 have died of the virus in the southern state.

Apart from these, Maharashtra too has witnessed 83 deaths due to the virus while 205 patients, diagnosed with swine flu, are being treated across the state. The toll in Madhya Pradesh has reached 81 and total of 352 patients have tested positive so far.

While 18 have died in Haryana where 120 cases were reported so far, 26 people have succumbed to the virus in Punjab which has reported 82 cases testing positive for swine flu so far. In Uttar Pradesh 165 cases have been reported and six of them have died so far.

Himachal Pradesh has reported the least number of cases of swine flu and no death. With three fresh cases reported recently, the number of patients has increased to 15.