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CAL 4 WB-2NDLD CONG CANDIDATE Coronavirus-positive Cong candidate dies at Kolkata hospital Kolkata: Congress candidate Rezaul Haque, who tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago, died at a hospital here early on Thursday, health department sources said.

CAL 3 OD-VIRUS Odisha reports record 2,989 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally mounts to 3,58,342 Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 caseload jumped to 3,58,342 on Thursday after 2,989 people tested positive, the biggest single-day spike this year, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,935, a health department official said.

CAL 5 BH-VIRUS-NITISH Minister,Chief Secretary among COVID-hit citizens in Bihar; Nitish says conscious of situation Patna: Amid surging COVID cases in Bihar which has infected a minister and top level of bureaucracy including the Chief Secretary, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday stressed on ramping up test of samples and intensification of vaccination drive to deal with challenges posed by the second wave of the deadly disease.

CES 1 AN-VIRUS-CASES Andamans reports 38 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1 new death Port Blair: Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported 38 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 5,247, an official said on Thursday.

CES 2 AR-VIRUS-CASES 10 new COVID-19 cases push Arunachal Pradesh's tally to 16,912 Itanagar: Ten more people including three security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh pushing the total caseload in the northeastern state to 16,912, a senior health official said here on Thursday.

CES 3 MZ-VIRUS Mizoram reports record 37 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 4,722 Aizawl: Mizoram on Thursday reported 37 fresh COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day spike this year, pushing the tally to 4,722, an official said.

CES 4 MG-GHADC-RESULT Congress gets 12 seats, NPP 11 in 29-member GHADC Shillong: The Opposition Congress has won 12 seats while the ruling National People's Party (NPP) won 11 seats in the 29-member Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), an official said on Thursday. PTI RG RG