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Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
* Prices of grocery items across retail markets have shot up by 10%-15%, the second hike since the lockdown was enforced a month ago. Though the wholesale prices have cooled off, retail prices refused to move southward. On retail prices of essentials like pulses, atta, sugar and edible oil has increased due to hitches in supply chain that led to a demand-supply gap. The primary reasons behind the price hike is escalation of costs on two counts: transportation and loading-unloading.
* Having failed to convert two civic properties in the city into Covid-19 quarantine centres, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has started looking for resorts or community halls on the outskirts for the purpose.
* Cops have demarcated separate entry and exit points for trucks entering the Mechhua fruit market in Jorasanko located near the containment zone of Burrabazar. They have also sealed several adjacent lanes for the safety of locals. “From now on, trucks will enter the market from Balmukund Makar Road on Central Avenue. After loading and unloading, they will exit through the MG Road side. All other lanes have been sealed,” said a police officer.
* The Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be a blessing for a 16-year-old girl from Baruipur. She had been trafficked to Delhi while riots broke out on the north-eastern fringes of the city. She was sold to a man in Rajasthan, but the latter could not come to Delhi and take possession of the girl, thanks to the lockdown.
* In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Sikkim has indefinitely suspended the annual trade between India and China through Nathu La. The Himalayan state is the only one in the country to not record a single Covid-19 case yet.
* The World Health Organization (WHO) is helping the state set up, manage and train staff of Covid hospitals in the districts. WHO has been sending its consultant doctors and surveillance officers to newly acquired Covid hospitals in Bengal, most of which were either private hospitals or Ayush hospitals.
* Update at 1.02pm: Nine Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, who had recently gone to Delhi for some urgent official work, have tested positive for COVID-19, an official from the South Eastern Railway (SER) said on Friday. (PTI)
* Update at 12.36pm: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appeals to CM Mamata Banerjee to work shoulder to shoulder to combat Covid-19.
* Update at 11.55am: Biggest lesson Covid-19 has taught us is to become self-reliant: PM Narendra Modi to gram panchayat members
*In the past fortnight, over a half a dozen doctors have checked into hotels that have been temporarily turned into paid quarantine centres. With an entire lot of health workers requiring to be quarantined every time a patient or a healthcare worker at a hospital tests positive, an increasing number of doctors are checking into hotels. Consequently, the room count available for quarantine has also shot up from 645 to 2,000 in the past 10 days.
*Residents in sensitive zones purchasing over-the-counter drugs for fever, cough and cold have come under the scanner.
*A full-scale letter war erupted between Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday, with Banerjee protesting against the “direct attacks” Dhankhar (a “nominated” functionary) had been making on “an elected CM” and Dhankhar accusing Banerjee of failing to abide by “constitutional prescriptions”.
*The number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Bengal doubled to 58 over the past 24 hours even as 24 patients were released after recovery on Thursday taking the total number of active cases in the state to 334.
*The Covid-19 pandemic has begun to sting senior healthcare workers and hospital administration staff where it hurts the most: their wallets. Several private hospitals in Kolkata have either enforced, or have asked senior doctors and other staff to voluntarily go for, a pay cut in order to offset an unprecedented dip in revenue, and to ensure regular salaries for junior staff.

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