NEW DELHI, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The government of the western Indian state
Maharashtra decided to close down all schools, colleges, cinema halls and malls
in the Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad area Monday to check the fast spread of A/H1N1 flu
in the area, said the state government.
While schools and colleges will be closed for an entire week, cinema halls
will be shut for three days, said a state government spokesman.
The decision was made following the death Monday of a 35-year-old ayurvedic
doctor in Pune who was infected with the flu virus, raising the number of
fatalities of the flu in the area to three.
India's first H1N1 flu victim was a 14-year-old girl who died on Aug. 3
also in Pune.
Altogether, six people have died of the flu in India so far, while more
than 800 are infected with the virus, most of them in New Delhi, Maharashtra
state and some southern states.