HYDERABAD: The swine flu situation in the capital and elsewhere continues to remain grim with officials confirming three more deaths on Thursday taking the toll to 29 in the State. The deceased include Imtiaz Ali (20), B. Vinay (43) and a pregnant woman Sunanda (22) who died at the Osmania General Hospital on Thursday.

Health authorities also confirmed 41 more cases of swine flu out of 101 samples tested. Imtiaz Ali of Chanchalguda died at Apollo Hospitals while Varun, a resident of Madhapur, died at Aware-Global Hospitals, L. B. Nagar, authorities confirmed. The intensity of swine flu was so immense that in the last 24 hours, Gandhi Hospital has admitted nearly 100 patients with suspected swine flu symptoms. The outpatient (OP) wing of the hospital had nearly 200 patients and at Chest Hospital, the outpatient inflow has shot up to 250 on Thursday. Health Minister Danam Nagendar visited the Government Chest Hospital on Thursday . The government would be spending Rs. 4.5 crore to acquire new ventilators for government hospitals, the Minister said. Authorities said that Kondapur area hospital would be converted into an exclusive 51-ventilator facility. A website is being readied to provide information about availability of beds for swine flu patients at private and government hospitals.