OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The ruthless dengue virus killed another seven people, including a 99 years old man, in the City on Saturday, taking the death toll to 297. Besides taking the lives of seven persons in a day, the deadly virus forced hundreds of Lahorites to approach public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres for preliminary tests, confirming 296 new cases on Saturday and as such taking the overall tally of affected people to 29568. Muhammad Rasheed (99), a resident of Ghaziabad, and Imran (35) of Harbanspura lost their battle of life against the deadly virus at Services Hospital. Muhammad Aslam (50) of Allama Iqbal Town and Mubashar (50) of Samanabad died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Ismail (35) of Hujra Shah Muqeem at Jinnah Hospital, Muhammad Shakeel (33) of Sialkot at Mayo Hospital while Younus (55) of Nishat Colony breathed his last at National Hospital. Out of 296 new dengue cases, 43 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 36 at Jinnah Hospital, 29 each at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Services Hospital, 25 at Childrens Hospital, 24 at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 19 at Institute of Public Health and 10 at Lahore General Hospital while 81 cases were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, five people lost their lives due to dengue fever during the last 24 hours. As such total number of deaths has reached 266 across the province including 235 in Lahore. As many as 210 new cases were reported from across the province and out of these, 156 were from Lahore. So far 18510 persons have been tested positive from across the province including 15765 from Lahore. Moreover, 18239 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals in Punjab out of which 15606 belonged to Lahore. As many as 200 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from various hospitals of Lahore during the last 24 hours. Out of these, 64 patients were discharged from Mayo Hospital, 48 from LGH, 37 from Jinnah Hospital, 16 from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, 15 from Services Hospital, 7 each from Government Said Mitha Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and 3 each from Childrens Hospital and Nawaz Sharif Hospital Yakki Gate,. Briefing the newsmen at LGH, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof Tariq Salahuddin said that the Health Department, other institutions and the masses would have to join hands to stop the menace from transforming into a epidemic next season.