A view of Connaught Place, New Delhi, during Sunday's janata curfew to prevent the spread of the coronavirus | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A view of Connaught Place, New Delhi, during Sunday's janata curfew to prevent the spread of the coronavirus | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
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New Delhi: India is observing a 14-hour ‘janata curfew’ from 7am to 9pm Sunday to check the spread of COVID-19. The ‘curfew’ was called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Thursday address to the nation.

In response to the call, streets across national capital Delhi wore a deserted look Sunday, with most forms of public transport closed. Marketplaces, restaurants, gym, bars and liquor shops were already closed in the preceding days as a precaution, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The silence of was broken just before 5pm, as people responded to Modi’s call to appreciate those engaged in essential services by coming out on to their balconies, clapping hands, clanging utensils, blowing conch shells and even bursting firecrackers.

ThePrint puts together some snapshots of the day in Delhi, Agra and Kolkata.

India Gate was closed for visitors earlier this week | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
India Gate was closed for visitors earlier this week | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A police officer wearing mask stand outside Taj Mahal premises in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A police officer wearing a mask stands outside the Taj Mahal premises in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The empty inner circle of Connaught place | Photo: Manisha Mondal | The Print
The empty inner circle at Delhi’s Connaught Place | Photo: Manisha Mondal | The Print
People click selfies on Howrah Bridge in Kolkata | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint
People in masks click a selfie at Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint
A man wearing mask walks in Connaught Place | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A man wearing a mask walks in Connaught Place | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Children play cricket in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Youngsters play cricket in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Francisco and his wife Belen from Spain arrived in India on 4th of March and their stuck in Agra. On the Janata curfew day they look at Taj Mahal from their hotel | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Francisco and his wife Belen arrived in India from Spain on 4 March, and have been stuck in Agra since. They gaze at the Taj Mahal from their hotel during the janata curfew | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People in wear masks in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People leaving Agra to go back to their hometowns and villages | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A ricksaw puller sleeps wearing mask | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A rickshaw-puller in Agra sleeps while wearing a mask | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People clang utensils in Agra | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People clang utensils in Agra at 5pm | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People clap standing at their balconies | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
People clap standing at their balconies in New Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

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