The Capital on Sunday reported 35 new cases of dengue. With this, cases of the mosquito-borne infection have reached 652 so far. The number is the highest reported so far this season in a single day and it is the second time that these many cases have been reported in a day in the past two weeks.
Of the 35 cases reported, six were from outside the city. Two persons — a one-year-old and a nine-year-old girl — have succumbed to the infection so far. South Delhi has been the worst hit, with 246 cases having been reported by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, followed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation that has reported 223 cases. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has reported 155 dengue cases.
The south zone has reported 92 cases, followed by Central and Rohini zone that have reported 63 and 60 dengue cases so far this year.
Thirteen dengue cases have also been reported from the New Delhi Municipal Council areas.Almost all hospitals in the city are getting 25-30 people daily with dengue-like symptoms such as high fever, nausea, head-ache and body-ache.
“About 10-15 cases test positive for dengue. A large number of malaria cases have also been diagnosed this season,” said a senior doctor at the government-run Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital.
The rush of mosquito-borne cases has resulted in hospitals adding extra beds. All hospitals have added 10-15 beds and kept at least one spare intensive care bed for critical patients.
“This is the peak season and it happens every year. We are always prepared for the rush; even the blood bank is functioning round-the-clock,” said the doctor.