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India reopens some stores after a month in lockdown

Sale of liquor and non-essential items continues to be banned

People in New Delhi wait to receive free food amid India's nation-wide lockdown on April 23.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- India allowed shops in residential areas to reopen from Saturday, more than a month after the country went into lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, federal and state officials said.

The federal home ministry said late on Friday that retailers could resume operations with the staff numbers reduced by half as long as employees wore masks and gloves and appropriate social distancing was maintained.

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