A total of 639 new cases of dengue were recorded in Delhi on October 23 and 24, sources with the health department said. The new cases have taken the total number of people infected with dengue virus in the national capital this year to a whopping 14,246, the highest since 1996.
Officials with the health department said that the total number of deaths from the disease till October 24 was at 32, even as there have been reports in the press of over 40 deaths due to dengue this year.
North Delhi with a total of 4,937 dengue cases recorded the highest incidence of dengue this year followed by south Delhi with 4,091 cases. East Delhi recorded 2,773 cases.
That apart, 2,360 individuals who were found positive for the deadly disease came from outside of Delhi, including Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
The number of houses found positive for mosquito breeding was 2,22,732 with prosecution launched for 21,493. The capital city had reported only three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases in 2014.