A teenaged girl has become the latest victim of dengue in the capital, as number of cases climbed to over 3,500 so far.
17-year-old Yashica Narang from Rajouri Garden in north-west Delhi died on September 24, a report released by the MCD said on Monday.
With this, the official death toll now stands at five, while six persons have been put under the suspected dengue death category by the municipal bodies.
3,519 cases have been reported till on Monday with October itself registering nearly 1,400 cases, the report said.
The capital had witnessed large number of dengue cases in the 2010 with over 6000 cases being reported. In 2008, over 1,300 cases were registered, 1,153 in 2009, over 1,100 cases in 2011 and 2,093 last year.
While figures for various corporations are (North) 1621, (South) 981 and (East) 773, 72 cases were reported from regions in Delhi outside the jurisdiction of MCD and 30 cases in other category.
A total of 37 cases have been reported from other states.
While cases in Rohini Zone mounted to 749, still the highest, Shah (North) and Shah (South) Zones both saw close to 400 cases. Najafgarh (304), Civil Lines (295), Narela (274), and Karol Bagh (257) also posted over 250 figures, among other places.
September saw a total of 1,962 cases, the highest for a month so far this year while October has seen 1,395 cases.
In the World Press Freedom Index 2013, published by Reporters Without Borders, India ranks a miserable 140, right behind Indonesia; even so, Saudi Arabia ranks 163, behind Sri Lanka.
The Saudi media, by comparison, are quick to publish horror stories about how you can't import good domestic help these days, whether from the Philippines, Ethiopia, or Indonesia (the Ethiopian maids tend to kill your kids in a fit of pique).
But when a serious new disease entrenches itself in the Kingdom, those media suddenly adopt the great principle enunciated by Hawkeye Pierce in MASH: "Never let it be said I didn't do the least I could possibly do."
So each new Saudi MERS case, when it's eventually announced, tells us the least it possibly can: the age, the citizenship or expatriate status, maybe the gender, the location, and by all means the underlying medical conditions that made this person a goner.
When he's good and ready, Deputy Health Minister Dr. Ziad Al-Memish will co-author a report on the MERS outbreak. And his ministry will update the Saudi MERS cases when they're good and ready, always with a pious wish for salvation of the case's life or soul.
It's beginning to look as if the Saudis aren't telling their colleagues in WHO and other international agencies everything they know, any more than they're telling the rest of us.
When a bogus democracy like India can tell us the name, age, and residence of a dengue victim, the silence of the Saudis begins to look like a problem in global health.
And the longer the international agencies put up with it, the more they look like accomplices in a cover-up.