Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bangladesh confirmed 31 more cases of the deadly Influenza A (H1N1) virus on Saturday, bringing the total cases to 194, officials confirmed.

“The 31 new cases swine flu were detected on Saturday,” Head of the country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) under the Health Ministry Mahmudur Rahman told BBN in Dhaka.

Mr. Rahman said most of the cases were mild and the infected people are receiving treatment at home. Only two of them have been admitted to hospital with little complications, he added.

According to officials, the government has strengthened health screenings at 16 entry points into the country and has trained professionals in every district hospital to contain swine flue.

The IEDCR chief earlier advised “not to sneeze openly” and to wash hands properly as protection from the spread of the disease.

The first case of swine flu was identified in Bangladesh on June 18 this year.

The government has urged people not to be panicked about swine flu as it has taken precautionary steps to combat the disease.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-29August09-3:26 pm (BST)