Swine flu has India taking precautions

Public spaces, including multiplexes, closed near Mumbai

NEW DELHI -- The Indian entertainment industry is bracing for a swine flu scare, given that 10 deaths have been confirmed and 960 infections reported, according to government figures.

The city of Pune, 75 miles from the entertainment capital of Mumbai, has reported the highest number of infected cases with 47, which has led the state government of Maharashtra to close down public places such as educational institutions, malls and multiplexes as a precaution for the next three days.

Two Bollywood films that were to shoot in Pune this week have postponed their schedules, including "Kurbaan" ("Sacrifice"), starring Saif Ali Khan and actress Kareena Kapoor, and "Veer" ("Brave"), starring Salman Khan.

Government figures Tuesday indicate that Mumbai has 22 cases of swine flu. As a precaution, organizers of the fifth Anifest India, an annual international animation festival, have indefinitely postponed this year's event, originally slated for Aug. 13-16.

"Due to the increased risk of swine flu, TASI has taken the difficult but important decision to postpone Anifest India 2009. It is a very disappointing thing for us but we have no choice under the current circumstances," the Animation Society of India said Tuesday.
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