* 11.52am: Two Covid-19 patients die in West Bengal, death count rises to six, reports PTI quoting health official.
* KMC to issue temporary ration cards
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to issue temporary ration cards to those who had applied for digital ration cards but did not get it from the civic body.
The state government wants the civic top brass to take an initiative to reach out to the needy people with food grains and other essentials. Temporary ration cards will enable them to buy essentials from ration shops at free of cost during the lockdown.
* No bread for breakfast as city bakeries work with skeletal staff
Bread, which is a staple in most city homes, was hard to come by at most markets on Tuesday. The trickle of a supply on Sunday virtually dried up on Monday, leaving lakhs discontent about an essential breakfast item disappearing from the menu. Families were forced to shift to alternative options, including roti-sabzi, poha, corn flakes or oats. If the bakers’ association is to be believed, the shortage is liklely to be on till the end of the lockdown.
* Kolkata sweet-makers want morning slots
Sweet-makers in Bengal have appealed to chief minister Mamata Banerjee to consider changing the timings of their shops and allow them to operate between 8am and 1pm, instead of the current noon-4pm slot.
* Power bill payment period extended
There is some relief for those who are anxious about their power and cable lines being disconnected due to non-payment of bills because of the lockdown.
In an order issued by the state government, multi-service operators and local cable operators have been asked not to disconnect services on account of non-payment of subscription fee. Payment of cable bills have to be made in advance to view channels.
CESC that supplies electricity to Kolkata, Howrah and parts of Hoohgly has extended the deadline for payment of the bills, which had due dates between March 22 and March 31, till April 4.
* Supply streamlined, traders shift focus to safety protocol
Traders in the wholesale hub of Burrabazar have now shifted focus to social distancing and maintaining hygiene protocol while conducting business after some normalcy has returned in reviving the supply lines for commodities.
While some outlets have cordoned off their shops dealing with customers standing outside, others have barred entry of more than one person at a time. At least one oil agency has promised to waive off coolie charges if a customer pays through digital wallet and does not come to their place physically.
* Three cured, return home to a warm welcome
When the state’s first three Covid-19 survivors stepped out of Beliaghata ID hospital on Tuesday, they were apprehensive about the reception they would get in their localities once they returned home. But in an exemplary gesture, neighbours, friends and relatives of all three gave them a warm welcome for conquering a deadly foe, erasing the trauma of stigmatisation they had faced just a fortnight ago when they had tested positive for coronavirus.
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