According to official data, the number of deaths caused by the dengue virus this year has already surpassed the total number of deaths caused by the virus in 2019.
In the period from January 1 to December 1, 203 persons died as a result of hemorrhagic fever, which is more than double the number of deaths reported in 2019, when the country experienced a significant increase in mosquito-borne disease.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, 95 deaths were reported in the country in 2019. Aside from an increase in the number of deaths, 50,761 cases of the ailment have been reported across the country so far this year.
The vast majority of cases, 22,227, and deaths, 145, have been reported in Punjab, followed by 10,468 cases and 10 deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and then in other provinces. There have been 5,959 cases and 25 deaths in Sindh so far this year. There have been 5,294 cases and 22 deaths in Islamabad so far.
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To date, there have been no dengue deaths in Balochistan, but there have been 2,134 dengue cases in the province, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have had 1,679 dengue cases and only one death from the illness.
After 2019, there has been a significant increase in dengue fever cases, which will peak in 2021. Although just 6,016 cases were registered across the country in 2020, no deaths were reported as a result of the outbreak.