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Thu 16 Jul 2009 08:05 AM

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21 new swine flu cases confirmed in Saudi

Health officials say the new H1N1 cases bring the official number in the kingdom to 253.

A further 21 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia bringing the total number to 253.

Seven of the new cases confirmed on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health are pupils of the Riyadh-based international school that authorities closed down over fears of the virus spreading.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy is planning to meet community leaders to intensify its awareness program against the H1N1 virus, Arab News reported.

There are 13 Philippine schools in the capital, nine in Jeddah, one in Buraidah and three in the Eastern Province.

“We have instructed all these schools to keep a watch on the students who are arriving in the Kingdom after their vacations back home,” embassy spokesman, Romulo Victor Israel told the paper.

The other 14 cases were diagnosed in eight Saudi nationals and six expatriates.

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