Dengue spread further across the country on Thursday with 2,900 people being hit and 43 dying of the viral disease as Delhi alone reported 673 cases.
The outbreak of dengue came up during a Union Cabinet meeting presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Government admitted that the mosquito-borne disease has not yet been fully contained but there was no cause for panic or threat of epidemic.
The Prime Minister's two grandsons - Rohan (11) and Madhav (17) - and son-in-law Vijay Tankha, who were being treated at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for dengue-like symptoms, were in a "stable condition and there is noting to worry about," a hospital spokesman said.
With two persons dying of the disease in Delhi and one in Mumbai on Thursday, the country-wide toll rose to 43. Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss said 2,900 cases have been reported in the country, with 673 from the national capital alone, and confirmed 38 people have died. Delhi accounted for 17 deaths.
As dengue spread, Ramadoss chaired a meeting of health ministers of afflicted states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and assured them that the Centre will help them with dengue testing kits and hospital equipment.
Besides these four states, dengue has been reported from Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttaranchal and Bihar.
A report from Mumbai said a 19-year-old college student died of viral disease at a suburban hospital, the first fatal case in the metropolis.