The every day surge of coronavirus reached a brand new excessive in Bengal right now, with the state logging 17,403 recent circumstances – up from 17,207 over a 24-hour interval on Tuesday. The variety of fatalities was additionally the very best, with 89 deaths recorded within the final 24 hours. The positivity charge has climbed from 6.79 per cent ten days in the past to 7.81 per cent.
While Kolkata has at all times been the epicentre of the illness in Bengal, right now’s information from the state well being ministry confirmed that North 24 Parganas has surged forward with 3,912 circumstances. In Kolkata, the quantity was 3,901. North 24 Parganas recorded 21 Covid deaths whereas the quantity in Kolkata was 23.
The surge got here because the final spherical of election was held within the state.
Campaigning within the state – mega rallies by the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress – has been one of many key causes for the explosion in numbers.
On the primary day of polling on March 27, Bengal recorded 812 new infections and two deaths on account of Covid, whereas in the course of the fifth part of polling on April 17, the circumstances shot up virtually 10 instances with 7,713 infections and 34 deaths.
Earlier this month, the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Congress had requested the Election Commission to membership collectively the remaining three phases of the election. The Commission had denied the request.
Two candidates on this part of elections have been hit by Covid. An Independent candidate at Malda’s Baisabnagar has died. Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, BJP candidate from Englishbazar who examined Covid-positive, is admitted to a hospital at Kolkata.
Yesterday, Nandita Sinha, the spouse of Trinamool Congress candidate Kajal Sinha who died of Covid, filed a homicide case in opposition to the Election Commission.
In her criticism, she mentioned the Commission had “deliberately ignored all evidences of the impending catastrophe” even after an alarm was sounded by the Calcutta High Court, the state authorities and the Trinamool Congress.
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