Indian City Bans Public Gatherings Over Swine Flu Fears

A passenger from India’s Gujarat state arrives at the New Delhi railway station wearing a mask as a safe guard from Swine flu, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Health officials in India are struggling to contain an outbreak of a flu that has claimed more than 700 lives since mid-December. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) The Associated Press

Ebola took the forefront for a season but now it appears that Swine Flu is making a comeback as a west Indian city has banned most public gatherings in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus, which has claimed at least 926 lives nationwide in 11 weeks.  Indian Officials prohibited gatherings of five or more people in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state, starting Wednesday. Marriages and funerals are exempt from the ban, but participants will need to wear protective masks, officials said.  Gujarat has had the second-highest number of deaths, with 231, after the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where 234 have died. Among the thousands in Gujarat testing positive for the Swine Flu virus were its assembly speaker and state health minister. Doctors said the death toll was high because many patients delayed going to hospitals. The Health Ministry said most of the more than 16,000 cases reported nationwide since mid-December were in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. FULL REPORT