AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- A west Indian city has banned large public gatherings in an attempt to halt the spread of swine flu, which has claimed at least 926 lives nationwide in 11 weeks.
Officials prohibited mass gatherings in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state, starting Wednesday. Gujarat has had the second-highest number of deaths, with 231, after the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where 234 have died.
Doctors said the death toll was high from the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, because many patients delayed going to hospitals.
The Health Ministry says most of the more than 16,000 cases reported nationwide since mid-December were in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.