LAHORE Taking pity on the suffering Lahorites for a third day, the deadly dengue virus took another day off on Sunday since no death was reported from anywhere in the City. The ruthless dengue virus took previous two day offs on October 9 and 23 (both Sundays). During the recent onslaught, the ruthless dengue virus has so far put to sword 323 people in the City. Though no dengue patient died on Sunday, the ruthless virus continued to force hundreds of Lahorites to approach public sector and private healthcare centres in the City for preliminary tests, confirming 178 new cases on Sunday and as such taking the overall tally to 31385. Out of 178 new cases, 33 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 25 at Services Hospital, 19 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 13 at Jinnah Hospital, 12 at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 07 each at Institute of Child Health and Institute of Public Health while 65 cases were reported from other public sector hospitals and private clinics in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, no dengue patient died in the province during the last 24 hours. As many as 107 new cases were reported in Punjab including 93 in Lahore. Thus the total number of dengue patients in Punjab reached 19888 including 16765 in Lahore. At present 1410 dengue patients are under treatment at various hospitals of the province including 1242 in Lahore. As many as 278 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from various hospitals of Lahore during the last 24 hours. Out of these, 152 were from Mayo Hospital, 44 from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 25 from Services Hospital, 22 from Lahore General Hospital, 15 from Jinnah Hospital, 14 from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital and 06 from Said Mitha Hospital. So far 19589 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from different hospitals in Punjab including 16672 in Lahore. Meanwhile, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital Prof Tariq Salahuddin has said that the number of dengue cases has come down as a result of relentless efforts of Punjab Chief Minister, Health Department, and vigorous mass awareness campaign. He said that no new case of dengue virus has been registered in LGH during the last 24 hours. Tariq Salahuddin said that Punjab Chief Minister alerted the whole government machinery at the first hand information about dengue disease 45 days ago. He not only deputed additional staff at hospitals and ensured free treatment and concessional rates of dengue test but also invited Sri Lankan and Indonesian experts who rendered great services to control the menace. He said that LGH administration fully supported the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister in his campaign to curb dengue. High Dependency Units were established at LGH which were highly appreciated by dengue experts. Moreover, 103 nurses and 50 sanitary workers were also inducted at LGH who have taken the charge of their responsibility. He said that major chunk of dengue patients was treated at LGH and hospital administration spent all it resources for the treatment.