The central government has banned the sale of substances like liquor and tobacco during the extended lockdown in place to ensure social distancing, a key tool in the fight against the coronavirus. In a list of directives released Wednesday, enforceable under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the government banned the sale of liquor, tobacco and gutka. It also said people who spit in public would be fined. (For a summary of the national directives, click here.) The novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, causes a potentially fatal respiratory illness — Covid-19 — and spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when a person talks, coughs or sneezes.
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