NEW DELHI: A Palestinian diplomat and his two sons and Italian marine Salvatore Girone are among 250 fresh cases of dengue reported in the city in the past one week, taking the total number of people affected by the mosquito-borne disease to over 780.
Municipal corporation officials said number of dengue cases reported between January and August has been the highest compared to the corresponding period in the last five years. Till August 21, the number of cases reported stood at 530.
First Secretary in Palestine Embassy Abd Elrazeg Abu Jazer has been admitted to a private hospital in Chanakyapuri on Wednesday while his two sons Ashraf (23) and Amzad (16) were admitted to a hospital on Friday.
Salvatore Girone, one of the two Italian marines facing murder charges, also has been hospitalised in the national capital. As soon as the Italian government got the news, its defence ministry dispatched two military doctors to India. His wife and children have also reached the capital.
“There has been an increase of 250 cases of dengue in the city in the last one week. The total number of dengue cases has reached 780 till today,” South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya said.
The number of cases from January 1 to August 21 for the last four years were — 28 (2014), 96 (2013), 11 (2012), 60 (2011). For the same period in 2010, over 550 cases were reported. Two persons have died due to the disease so far.