At least 4,735 people have died from swine flu infections since the A(H1N1) virus was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation said Friday.

This is an increase of 210 fatal cases from a week ago when 4,525 deaths were recorded, the UN health agency said in its weekly update of the pandemic.

Most deaths occurred in the Americas region, where 3,406 fatalities have been reported.

Some 962 people have died from the infection in the Asia-Pacific region, while at least 207 fatal cases have been recorded in Europe.

Ninety deaths have been reported in the Middle East while in Africa, 70 people have succumbed to the disease.