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Officials with the Delhi municipality reported an additional six dengue fever deaths, bringing the total this year to 23. 15, or two-thirds of the deaths were reported in children.

This is the highest number of dengue fatalities reported in a year in Delhi since 2015 when 60 deaths were reported.

Dengue cases are slowing in the city and officials reported 131 additional cases the past week. Delhi has seen a total of 9,545 dengue cases in 2021.

A total 1,269 cases have been recorded this month till December 25.

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A majority of the cases (6,739) were reported in November this year. Officials from the municipal corporations have said that delayed rains this year are also to blame for conditions that led to a spike in cases during November. Usually, the highest number of dengue cases are recorded over September and October, after which the numbers go down due to a dip in temperature.

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