Over 2,000 new dengue cases and two more deaths due to the disease were confirmed by the municipal corporations on Thursday, taking the total count of patients to over 12,000 this year. This is the highest number of cases seen in Delhi in recent years, outnumbering the last outbreak of 1996, when over 10,000 cases were reported.
With municipal authorities confirming two new deaths, the disease has so far claimed 32 lives in the capital. In 1996, over 420 patients had succumbed to the viral disease. This year’s toll is the highest in the capital in the last five years.
Serological tests performed at AIIMS have confirmed that two of the stronger strains — dengue type 4 and type 2 — are dominant this year. The virus has four strains which circulate in India periodically.
According to the municipal corporations, 12,020 patients had been diagnosed with the viral disease in the capital.