Swine flu has killed nearly 40 people in Russia since last month, with one of the cases reported in the capital, Moscow. According to official data gathered by the AFP, at least 39 people have died of the disease. “Eleven people died from the virus and nearly 50 schools have declared a quarantine,” health authorities in the southern region of Volgograd told state news agency RIA Novosti on Friday. Six fatal swine flu-related deaths have also been recorded in the southern region of Rostov and five deaths were reported in Saint Petersburg.

These latest cases follow the deaths of four adults and one child from the virus in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, and the deaths of two infected patients in Yekaterinburg in the Urals and the southern region of Adygea. Swine flu fatalities have also been reported in the Kostroma, Tambov and Kaliningrad regions, among others. Anna Popova, a senior doctor in the country, assured the public that “all necessary measures” were being taken to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in Russia. FULL REPORT