OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Feeling pity on its sufferers for a second Sunday, the dengue virus took its second day-off today since it launched its ruthless attack in the City since last couple of months. It was also a Sunday on October 9 when there were no deaths from the virus. Though no one lost their battle of life against, hundreds more were forced to approach hospitals for preliminary tests. 248 of them were confirmed as having the disease, taking the total number of the sufferers to 29,816. Out of the 248 new dengue cases, 42 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 38 at Services Hospital, 29 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 23 at Childrens Hospital, 18 at Jinnah Hospital, 15 at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 12 at Institute of Public Health and six at Lahore General Hospital while the remaining were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, 174 new dengue cases have been reported from across the province and out of these 128 are from Lahore. As such total number of affected people in the province reached 18684 including 15893 from Lahore. So far 18411 patients have discharged from various hospitals in Punjab after recovery including 15793 in Lahore. At present, 966 patients are under treatment at hospitals in Punjab including 831 in Lahore. So far 268 dengue patients have died in the province and out of these 237 belonged to Lahore. During the last 24 hours, 316 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from various hospitals in the City including 87 from Mayo Hospital, 62 from Lahore General Hospital, 57 from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 40 from Services Hospital, 28 from Jinnah Hospital, 16 from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, 10 from Mian Munshi Hospital and eight each from Childrens Hospital and Said Mitha Hospital. Meanwhile, Principal Postgraduate Medical College Prof Tariq Salahudin has said that 5,937 dengue patients have been discharged from Lahore General Hospital after recovery in last 52 days, adding that only 84 are still under treatment. Talking to the newsmen here on Sunday, he said that the media, Ulema, social and medical organisations played vital role in creating awareness among the masses about dengue, adding that there was gradual decrease in the number of patients. He said that the dengue was a big social problems and the whole society should play its due role to overcome the menace. He said that different programmes and seminars were being organised to create awareness among the masses and doctors and researches also gained knowledge about the disease. He said that to avert the dengue from reaching epidemic proportions next year, there was need of joint efforts of government, masses and other institutions. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif received another 2-member Sri Lankan medical team at Allama Iqbal International Airport, here on Sunday. Secretary Health, Secretary Agriculture, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore were also present. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that he was thankful to the President, government and people of Sri Lanka for sending their third medical team for cooperation in the efforts against dengue virus. He said that the first Sri Lankan medical team provided training and knowledge to the local doctors and paramedical staff regarding dengue virus and treatment of patients and high dependency units were set up for with its assistance for curbing dengue virus. He said that dengue virus will soon be brought under control and people of Punjab especially of Lahore are grateful for the visit of Sri Lankan medical team for the third team. The members of Sri Lankan medical team said that Pakistan was a friendly country of Sri Lanka and it was an honour for them to serve the people of Punjab in the time of need. They also assured their full cooperation in the fight against dengue virus.