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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government has prolonged the lockdown for the third time until 17 May, however, the extension came along with partial relaxations including allowing the sale of alcohol.

    People lined up their slippers in a queue outside a liquor store in Hyderabad on Wednesday in order to avoid standing in lines in the scorching heat.

    In the video, slippers can be seen placed in circles to facilitate social distancing among people standing in queues as the government has allowed people to purchase alcohol amid the coronavirus lockdown.

    ​The relaxation order came as a huge relief for various states governments that registered record alcohol sales after the ban on liquor sales was lifted. Generally, national liquor tax collection is estimated to be worth $26.66 billion across India.

    Meanwhile, long queues were witnessed outside liquor shops with the resumption in liquor sales. Social distancing norms were flouted outside many stores, and some were forced to shut due to large crowds.

     

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    Nations Continue to Fight COVID-19 Crisis as Over 2.5 Million People Infected Globally (239)

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