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2 Australians and a Thai die with swine flu

2 Australians and a Thai die with swine flu

Two Australian men with underlying medical conditions have died after contracting swine flu, health officials said Monday, while Thailand reported its third death related to the virus.
The Philippines is the only other Asia-Pacific country to record a swine flu-related death.
The Australian men, aged 50 and 85, died over the weekend in Victoria state, where more than 40 percent of Australia's 3,519 swine flu cases have been reported, Victoria deputy chief health officer Rosemary Lester said Monday.
All seven people who have died in Australia since June 19 had other serious medical conditions besides swine flu, and authorities have not found the virus to be the direct cause of any death.
In Thailand, a navy cadet died Monday morning at Sattahib Naval Base, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Bangkok, Department of Medical Services spokesman Rewat Wisarutvej said.
The ministry last week said at least seven cadets at the base were infected.
Officials refused to release further information about the cadet, citing privacy laws.
On Saturday, a 40-year-old Thai woman died in Bangkok, while a 42-year-old Thai man died in southern Chonburi province.
Thailand had reported 1,330 swine flu cases as of Monday, with 18 still in the hospital although none was critically ill.
Singapore's health ministry said the city-state confirmed 145 more cases of swine flu Sunday, the most in a single day since the virus was first reported there last month.
The ministry said in a statement late Sunday that 599 cases have been confirmed, with about half of the 494 investigated cases brought in from overseas.
New Zealand confirmed another 64 cases Monday, taking its nationwide count to 587. Almost half of the cases have been confirmed in the past week.
Indonesian Health Ministry spokesman Sumardi, who goes by one name as is customary in Indonesia, reported six confirmed cases over the weekend, taking the national total to eight.
The World Health Organization reported in its latest update on Friday 59,814 swine flu cases in more than 100 countries and 263 virus-related deaths.


Updated : 2021-01-19 04:03 GMT+08:00