Singapore leads Asia in new cases of Influenza A/H1N1 2009-06-29 01:53:34   Print

    HONG KONG , June 28 (Xinhua) -- Singapore on Sunday confirmed 145 new cases of Influenza A/H1N1, leading the Asian region in new cases of the flu that the whole world is fighting against.

    According to a statement issued by Singapore's Ministry of Health on Sunday night, a total of 145 new cases of the disease were confirmed, bringing the total number of such cases to 599 in the city state.

    Following Singapore, China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) reported 66 newly confirmed cases of the influenza in the 24 hours to 2:30 p.m.(0630 GMT) Sunday, bringing to 695 the total number of A/H1N1 influenza cases in the region.

    A spokesman for Hong Kong Hospital Authority said Sunday that a total of 554 confirmed cases have been discharged from public hospitals upon recovery.

    On the Chinese mainland, another 51 new cases of A/H1N1 flu were confirmed in the 24 hours ending 6 p.m. Sunday, bringing the country's total to 729, but no fatality has been reported.

    In Macao, the other SAR of China, reported two more confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases to 18 in the region.

    In Vietnam, 24 more influenza A/H1N1 cases were reported, totaling the flu patients to 108 in the country.

    And Malaysia's confirmed cases of the flu climbed up to 124 with 12 new ones on Sunday while neighboring Indonesia reported six more positive cases of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the country's total cases to eight.

    In the Philippines, one of the hardest-hit nations in the region, its Health Department said a total of 861 A/H1N1 cases had been confirmed all over the country, 634 of whom had fully recovered since May 21.

    The flu has also entered the military in the country. The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Sunday confirmed that two solders have been infected with the Influenza A/H1N1 virus but said they are now recovering and that its spread to other troops had been contained.

    Meanwhile, in Japan on Sunday, three Russian nationals visiting Japan's Kanazawa, in Ishikawa Prefecture, to take part in a figure skating show have been confirmed infected with the new stain of influenza.

    The city has asked eight other people taking part in the show who were in close contact with the three to refrain from going out or participating in the show.

    India, one of the Asian nations that found the A/H1N1 flu later, added nine new cases, four each from Bangalore and Delhi and one from Punjab, bringing the country's tally to 89.

    Myanmar on Sunday is stepping up its preventive measures against the possible outbreak of influenza A/H1N1 following the first case of the new flu virus infection in the country on Saturday.

    In Indonesia also redoubled its efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. The Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali plans to install laboratory equipment for blood test following the cases of flu A/H1N1 infection in the country, Nyoman Murtiyasa, head of the airport's health office said Sunday.

Special Report:  World Tackles A/H1N1 Flu 

Editor: Yan
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