Dengue cases continue to rise, total touches 901
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The city's dengue count kept rising as 38 new patients were diagnosed with the vector-borne viral infection over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 901.
Struggling to keep pace with the rush of patients, government hospitals have added dedicated fever wards, while some others were forced to treat people suffering from dengue on makeshift beds in corridors. Many hospitals have put two patients on one bed.
Several doctors in AIIMS and their family members living on the institute's campus are suffering from the disease.
Delhi Health Minister Dr A K Walia has warned officials that laxity on their part would attract punishment. He directed civic officials to recheck their measures against mosquito breeding and adopt new ways when necessary.
South Municipal Corporation has reported the highest number of dengue cases with 335 patients, followed by North corporation's 297. A total of nine patients from neighbouring states are being treated in Delhi hospitals.
Health officials hoped that the drop in temperature would help contain mosquito breeding, thereby stopping the spread of the virus. "An early winter will be good on the dengue front. The number of cases will, hopefully, come down in the next two weeks," an official said.
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