Chennai, Hyderabad News Live Updates: Polling is underway in Hyderabad to elect the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) next council. Around 29.76 percent votes were polled till 4 pm. As many as 1122 candidates are in the fray to win 150 divisions of the civic body. A total of 74.67 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise, and the State Election Commission of Telangana has set up 9101 polling stations across 2927 locations in the city. Voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. The counting of votes will be held on December 4.
In view of Covid-19, the Commission has instructed for mandatory sanitisation at every polling station on the day of polling and a day before. Sanitizers are being provided at the entry and exit point of every polling station. Face masks are mandatory and the electors are required to lower the face masks for identification, when required. No voter, according to the SEC, will be allowed inside the polling station without a face mask.
Tamil Nadu recorded 1410 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,81,915. Among these, Chennai reported 385 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,15,360. The state recorded nine deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,712. All nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.
The state discharged 1456 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,59,206. As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,997.