New Delhi: Streets across India wore a deserted look and an eerie silence pervaded on Sunday morning as people woke up to empty markets, railway stations and roads on account of the ‘Janata’ curfew proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat coronavirus. Also Read - Janata Curfew: New WhatsApp Sticker Shows PM Modi Folding Hands to Request 'Ghar Par Hi Rahe'
With the usual hustle-bustle missing and people staying indoors, the otherwise bustling cities of India remained hauntingly empty on Sunday morning. Also Read - Will There be a Fine if You Violate Janata Curfew? Know Here
Several public services, including the Railways and metro services, are halted today during the public curfew. Only those people who are engaged in the provision of essential services were seen on the roads as they have been exempted from the curfew. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'Janata Curfew' Begins, PM Modi Urges People to 'Add Tremendous Strength to Fight Against COVID-19 Menace'
Traffic on the roads was minuscule as people observed the self-imposed curfew to be maintained between 7 am and 9 pm. Here are some pictures and videos:
The Indian Railways has also announced that no passenger trains will originate from any junction in the country from midnight on Saturday to 10.00 pm on Sunday as part of the Janata Curfew.
In his address to the nation on Thursday, PM Modi had appealed the countrymen to observe ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, avoiding social meeting and urging people to avoid all ‘non-essential’ travel.
On Sunday, minutes ahead of the curfew, the PM urged everyone to be a part of it and be a part of the fight against coronavirus.
The curfew is being observed to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus disease that has killed four people in the country so far in India.
“Total number of confirmed cases so far in the country as on 21 March including foreign nationals is 315,” the Health Ministry said late Saturday.
Worldwide nearly 10,000 people have died and over 2.3 lakh have been infected.