Voting Begins for Final Phase Amid Spiralling Covid-19 Cases in State

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As many as 753 companies of central forces to be deployed for last phase of polling. 641 companies to be deployed for voting purpose.

Governor WB Jagdeep Dhankhar to vote at 11 am in Constituency 162 Chowrangee.

Two ministers — Shashi Panji and Sadhan Pande – are seeking re-election in this phase. All eyes are on Birbhum district, which has a history of poll-related violence.

On Wednesday, Kolkata accounted for 22 fatalities, followed by neighbouring North 24 Parganas (16) and Howrah (5). The remaining deaths were reported from several other districts. The new infections include 3,821 cases in Kolkata and 3,778 in North 24 Parganas.

West Bengal now has 1,05,812 active cases, while 6,76,581 people have recovered from the disease, the bulletin said. Altogether, 1,03,25,581 samples have been tested in the state thus far, it added.

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