Health officials also note that while the number of cases this year has almost surpassed the 1996 high of 10,252, the death toll is far lower than the 423 who died from dengue 19 years ago. There are no statistics on dengue for years before 1996.
Only three people had died of dengue in Delhi last year as against 25 this year, according to health data released on Tuesday. On a countrywide basis, the data showed that 40,425 dengue cases were registered in 2014.
Two more persons succumbed to dengue in the national capital, taking the toll to 25, even as Lt Governor Najeeb Jung directed authorities to mount full a scale operation to contain spread of the disease which has affected close to 4,000 people.
BJP on Friday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of "politicising" the issue of dengue threat and "misleading" people, alleging that the crisis would not have reached such levels if he had spent money on raising awareness about the deadly fever instead of self-promotion.
Two girls, aged three and nine, have become the latest victims of dengue in the city, taking the death toll to 16 today in what is being billed as the worst outbreak of the vector-borne disease in the national capital in the past five years.