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Dengue Cases Rise To 56 Last Week Taking The Tally To Over 240

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Dengue cases are on a rise as 56 fresh cases were reported last week in Delhi alone. Meanwhile, 11 cases of Malaria were reported in the same time period, however, there have been no recorded cases of Chikungunya in the national capital for the third consecutive week, according to the data provided by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). As per the data, 243 total cases of Dengue have been reported in Delhi up until July 28, 2023. Malaria cases were 72 while Chikungunya cases were 14. 

Following the floods in Delhi there was a brief rise in cases, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj announced the launch of a comprehensive dengue awareness campaign. Bhardwaj said that the health department and Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) have been asked to run campaigns to make people aware of Dengue and drones will be used to sprinkle mosquito repellants in different areas.

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On Friday, Bhardwaj said that genome sequencing of 20 dengue-positive samples was done and 19 of them had severe strain type-2, as per PTI

He expressed concern that some people are not taking the Dengue infection scare seriously as they are of the view that it comes in and around the month of September. 

The Delhi Health Minister informed that a fine for mosquito breeding has been raised to Rs 1,000 for households and Rs 5,000 for commercial establishments amid the dengue spread. The meeting aimed to devise a comprehensive strategy to combat the rising dengue cases in the city. 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed the health department to reserve beds for dengue patients and ensure a stock of medicines in hospitals and mohalla clinics.

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