Delhi recorded 1,072 cases of dengue fever last year. (PA)

Dengue cases in Delhi have skyrocketed to 7,128 – over 5,000 in November alone – so far this year. This is the city’s highest number of cases since the great chikungunya and dengue epidemic in 2015.

More than 1,800 of these dengue cases have been recorded in the past week, according to data collected by civic organizations. However, municipal corporations recorded no new deaths this week.

North Delhi has seen the highest number of cases in areas such as Keshav Puram and Civil Lines. Najafgarh and southwest Delhi have also recorded a high number of cases. More than 600 people who tested positive for the vector-borne disease could not be traced following an investigation, while 219 people were found not to be residents of Delhi.

Despite the alarming situation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured that the situation will improve within 7-10 days when the weather changes. The Delhi High Court has already sent a notice to the government and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation regarding their action plan to control the outbreak.

The Center has also extended its assistance to the nine states and EU territories with high cases of dengue. The Union Ministry of Health has sent high-level teams to help these States and Union territories control and manage the vector-borne disease.

Health experts have noted that the dengue situation in 2021 has been worse than in 2020, as Covid-19 restrictions last year forced people to be more careful.

The greatest number of cases is usually recorded in October and November, as the relatively cooler temperatures after the monsoon provide suitable time for mosquito breeding. Cases begin to decline in December when temperatures drop, disrupting the breeding process.

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Delhi recorded 1,072 cases of dengue fever last year.

According to civic data, national breeding controllers found mosquitoes in 1.85 lakh homes and issued legal opinions to 1.4 lakh people.

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