By Bloomberg News
Last Updated: May 31, 2009 04:14 EDT

May 31 (Bloomberg) — China has confirmed as many as 26 swine flu infections on the mainland, according to health authorities and the official Xinhua News Agency.

South China’s Guangdong province and southeastern Fujian province each reported a new case today, after two were identified in Beijing and one in Fujian yesterday. That brings the number of individual confirmations to 26, although the government did not give a nationwide total on its Web site.

The female patient in Guangdong, a 23-year-old Chinese- Venezuelan, is a college student. She flew from Venezuela on May 25 to Guangzhou city via Paris. Her relative drove her to Foshan city before she showed symptoms of the illness and went to the hospital on May 29, according to the Guangdong health bureau’s statement.