The Ministry of Health said on its website that 1,319 more patients were confirmed to have the A/H1N1 influenza between 3:00 pm on September 21 and 3:00 pm on Sept 23. Of those cases, 1,312 occurred in the Chinese mainland, while seven others were infected overseas before arriving in China.
The announcement brings the number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland to 14,581. Of those patients 10,218 have been cured and none has died.
677 more patients in Hong Kong were confirmed to have A/H1N1 flu yesterday too, making the total number of confirmed cases 23,898 in the special administrative region.
Eighteen of them were students at two schools, and the Hong Kong health bureau suggested classes be suspended for the time being. Two patients there also died of the disease yesterday after medical treatment failed to save them, according to local newspaper Wen Wei Po..