The national capital on Thursday recorded 26 new cases of dengue, taking the total number of cases of the vector-borne disease to 464, health department officials said.
"There were 26 fresh cases of dengue confirmed today (Thursday). This takes the total number of cases to 464," Chief Medical Officer, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) N K Yadav said.
Maintaining their stand that the number of dengue cases this season is lower than last year, Yadav said that claims by private hospitals that dengue cases are much higher in the city than what is being reported by the government were mere "speculations".
"The private hospitals, as far as I know, are not using the standard government guidelines while checking their patients for dengue. We are reporting cases in which we are following the correct procedures as specified by the government," Yadav said.
"Therefore, the numbers that we are putting out are correct," he added.
Until now there have been two deaths caused by the disease - one of a 15-year-old boy and the other of a nine-year-old boy.