Nine new cases of swine flu were reported in the Capital on Saturday. Health officials said the number of cases so far this season now stands at 73.

An official of the Delhi Health Service said nine people tested positive for swine flu, but there were no deaths on Saturday. There were 39 cases and one death in January, and 25 cases and two deaths so far in February. In 2012, a total of 78 cases and one death were recorded.

The Delhi Health Minister has directed 17 government hospitals and five private hospitals to gear up for swine flu treatment in the wake of a spurt in the number of cases.

Symptoms of swine flu include high-grade fever, respiratory problems, chest pain and blood in sputum.

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