LAHORE: The rapid spread of the Dengue virus continues across Punjab. In Lahore alone during the last 24 hours five people have died from the virus and the number of patients keeps on escalating.
Latest figures released by the Punjab Health Department state that on Wednesday 412 new cases of Dengue were reported, taking the total number of cases to 4,989.
Eight Chinese engineers have also been infected with the Dengue virus and are receiving treatment at different hospitals of the city.
A case pertaining to the spread of the virus is also being heard at the Lahore High Court (LHC). The court did not receive an answer from district government and health department officials and ordered that they submit their replies by September 16.
The court stated that people were dying from Dengue and high ranking officials were not concerned.
The government and opposition in the Punjab Assembly traded barbs over the issue of the virus. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah accused Governor Latif Khosa and opposition leader Raja Riaz of being part of the Dengue conspiracy. Riaz on the other hand said that a competition was brewing between the stubborn Dengue mosquito and the stubborn Chief Minister (Shahbaz Sharif).
The situation is dire in Faisalabad as well where within a span of 18 hours, 35 new Dengue cases were reported. Overall 220 Dengue cases have been reported in the city.