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Bengal: 75 times spike in daily cases after poll announcement

Bengal: 75 times spike in daily cases after poll announcement

Daily coronavirus infections have zoomed 75 times in West Bengal since the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced assembly elections on February 26, prompting health experts to link the surge in cases to maskless political rallies that violated Covid protocol.

On Tuesday, the state registered 16,403 new cases, up from 216 on February 26. The positivity rate – the proportion of people testing positive to those tested – has also shot up from 1% to nearly 30% during the same period. This means that almost every third person tested has been found infected with the coronavirus.

The number of active cases in the state also crossed 100,000 on Tuesday. It was 3,343 on February 26. The number of deaths on Tuesday was 73, a record, pushing the toll to 11,082.

Health experts blamed the exponential rise of Covid-19 cases on the mass gatherings at election rallies.

“All safety protocols had taken a back seat at the election campaigns resulting in a faster spread of the virus in the state. The ECI should have wrapped up the poll process at the earliest. The lengthier the election process the higher would be the toll. We need all hands on deck to fight the crisis,” said Manas Gumta, general secretary of Association of Health Service Doctors in the state.

News Source: HindustanTimes

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