Swine flu toll in the city rose to 25 with a woman succumbing to the viral infection here on Wednesday.

The victim, Shabana Shaikh, had been put on ventilator since her admission to the government-run Sassoon Hospital on August 22, hospital sources said.

Meanwhile, attendance at schools and colleges, which reopened on August 24 after a gap of a fortnight, remained affected by the swine flu scare among parents and students.

The district administration has issued an appeal to people to get on with their activities without frequenting crowded places even as the Ganesh festival enthusiasts in some parts thronged pandals to have a glimpse of tableaux depicting scenes that underlined vigilance to curb spread of the deadly virus.

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