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New Delhi: Dengue cases in the capital inched closer towards touching the 1,000-mark with 36 people testing positive for the mosquito-borne disease today, taking the total number of cases this season to 985.
All the 36 cases were reported from three Municipal Corporations, with the maximum number of cases coming from Shah (North) zone. Two children have so far succumbed to dengue ever since the disease began spreading in the capital early this month. South Delhi Municipal Corporation reported the maximum number of cases at 371, while 321 cases were detected from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area and 249 cases have so far been reported from East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Other cases were reported from NDMC and Delhi cantonment areas.
Out of the 985 cases, nine cases have been reported from outside Delhi. The capital saw 572 cases of dengue, including eight originating from outside, and four deaths last year while the year before reported 5,032 cases, including 26 from outside, and eight deaths. In 2009, there were 193 dengue cases and one death while in 2008, there were 1,008 dengue cases and two deaths.