The death toll from the H1N1 virus stands at 1,075, with more than 20,000 cases in the country.
Officials in Ahmedabad — the capital of Gujarat, which is the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi — banned public gatherings of five or more people, except marriages and funerals, to control the spread of the virus in February, the BBC reported.
Rajasthan has the second highest death toll with 267 victims and 5,610 cases, while the virus has killed 160 in Madhya Pradesh, 152 in Maharashtra, and 57 in Telangana.
The country’s capital of Delhi has 10 casualties with nearly 3,000 people affected.
“Both the unseasonal rainfall and a dip in temperature are suitable conditions for this deadly virus to incubate,” a health official told The Indian Express.
According to the country’s health minister, the 21 laboratories equipped to test swine flu were “not enough,” NDTV News reported. Provisions are being made to set up testing facilities in every state.
The government has asked people not to panic and remain alert.