Bangladesh expat dies of swine flu

Amid the rapid spread of the H1N1 virus, a Bangladeshi expatriate worker died of the swine flu on Sunday at the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).

Maldives authorities have been battling to keep the outbreak of H1N1 in check with over 400 people tested as of Sunday while 147 had tested positive for the virus.

The flu had claimed the lives of two locals already, one 26 year old man in early March while a 51 year old woman had died late Wednesday.

IGMH spokesperson said the expat had died on Sunday after he was brought in from Kulhudhuffushi island.

Government along with private health care providers have set up multiple flu clinic throughout the capital and suburbs to provide round the clock service.

Public schools, universities and private colleges have suspended classes while the authorities have urged people in the Atolls against travelling to the capital.

The government along with a few private offices have granted indefinite leave for pregnant staff to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.