Over 70 Paramilitary Personnel on Election Duty in Bengal Infected with Covid-19, Forces Not Alarmed

Over 70 Paramilitary Personnel on Election Duty in Bengal Infected with Covid-19, Forces Not Alarmed

News18

As many as 71 paramilitary personnel on election duty in Bengal have tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials said none of the ailing personnel is in critical condition. Of the 71 infected jawans, maximum are from CISF — 39, 12 from the BSF, 10 SSB, four from CRPF, three each from ITBP and state armed police personnel.

However, the force is not alarmed over the infections. 'More than 1 lakh personnel are deployed on election duty in West Bengal. Hence, a figure of 71 out of that one lakh is not really alarming,' a CRPF officer told News18. An ITBP officer said, 'Last year, we were testing 100 to 200 people positive for COVID every day in battalion headquarters, at training centres.

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