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Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, V K Singh watches 'Maan Ki Baat' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at his residence in New Delhi.

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Migrant workers along with their family members wait to board buses to their respective villages, amid a nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Lal Quarter Bus Stand in New Delhi.

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Migrant workers along with their family members board crowded buses to their respective villages, amid a nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Lal Quarter Bus Stand in New Delhi.

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Migrant workers along with their family members wait to board buses to their respective villages, amid a nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Lal Quarter Bus Stand in New Delhi.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel helps migrants to fight coronavirus contamination, amid a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the pandemic, near Delhi-UP Border in New Delhi.

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A group of migrants carry their belongings wait to board buses to their native villages during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic at Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi.

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Migrants wait to board buses to their native villages during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic at Kaushambi, in Ghaziabad.

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A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) offical sprays santizers on the hands of migrants, who have been walking to their respective villages amid a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, near Delhi-UP Border in New Delhi

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A group of daily wage labourers on NH24 walk back to their homes after the Centre announced a 21-day lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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Migrant family waits for transportation to their village following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus at Aanand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi. Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown.

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Migrant worker carries a child as they wait for transportation to their village following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus at Aanand Vihar bus terminal in New Delhi. Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of people, mostly young male day laborers but also families, fled their New Delhi homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown that began on Wednesday and effectively put millions of Indians who live off daily earnings out of work.

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Migrants wait to board a bus to their native villages during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic at Kaushambi, in Ghaziabad.

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A disabled man crosses the road during the complete lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, in Delhi.

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Homeless rests under a flyover during the complete lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, in Delhi.

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Homeless rests outside a shop during the complete lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, in Delhi.

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Homeless rests near a flyover during the complete lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, in Delhi.

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Migrant workers travel in a crowded bus to their native village, during a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Ghaziabad.

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Migrant daily wage labourers make the journey to their respective villages on foot following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus on the NH24 near Delhi-UP border in Ghaziabad

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Homeless people at Sarai Kale Khan 'night- shelter' during the complete lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Homeless people at Sarai Kale Khan 'night- shelter' during the complete lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Volunteers distribute raw materials to homeless people during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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Police officials serve food to homeless people during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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Volunteers and police officials serve food to homeless people during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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Volunteers serve food to homeless people during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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Volunteers serve food to homeless people and migrant daily wagers waiting for transportation to return to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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A man gives hand sanitiser to migrant labourers during the complete lockdown in view of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in Old Delhi.

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A man carrying his ration after the Centre announced a 21-day lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus at Delhi-Faridabad Road.

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A closed shop is seen during nation-wide lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Okhla phase 3, in Delhi.

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People maintain social distance as they stand outside Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) office to procure curfew passes for movement in the Capital, during lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, in Northeast Delhi.

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A worker sprays disinfectant as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, during nation-wide lockdown, in Delhi.

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On a good day, street food vendors are the primary feeders of a large chunk of Delhi's population. From the neighborhood chaiwala, the omelette wala at the corner of the street, the gol gappe wala or the chaat ka thela corner to the more specialised kebab and tikka vendors in different pockets of Delhi - each of them ensure that there's always some grub for the go in bustling Delhi. The ongoing lockdown though has now forced street food vendors to shut their shops. With no work and no patrons, those who fed Delhi may perhaps have no resources to feed themselves and their families by the time the lockdown is over.

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For daily wage earners, a significant number of them migrants, the lockdown has come as a tsunami - at short notice, giving them little time to prepare for the consequences and threatening to take away everything they had managed to build and save, which was very little to start with. Ask Mohammad Tasleem, who earned Rs. 500 as a daily wage worker picking odd jobs around East Delhi. For the past week, Tasleem has failed to get any work.

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They may fare better financially than Karu and Muso Singh, but the autorickshaw drivers in Delhi too fear that the lockdown will extract a heavy cost. An autodriver in Delhi can earn about Rs. 1000 on a good day but the ongoing restriction on movement have left Delhi's autowallahs with no sawari (passenger) and no kamai (income).

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Among the worst-hit by the adverse financial consequences of the lockdown are the migrant workers. With inter-state borders locked down and passenger trains suspended, the migrants - mostly from UP, Bihar and Jharkhand - can't return to their villages while the restrictions of the curfew have left them with no source of income in Delhi. Karu and Muso Singh, natives of Begusarai in Bihar, lived on Delhi's busy streets, earning their livelihood as cycle-rickshaw pullers. The rickshaws aren't their own and they must pay a daily rent of Rs.60 to the 'malik'. The lockdown has banned all public transport and left Karu and Muso with no work and no money. They say they have no savings to buy food and have been surviving on Delhi's streets for the past three days on water and food donated by some people.

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A group of migrant workers walk to their villages amid the nationwide complete lockdown, on the GT Road at Dilshan Garden in New Delhi. The migrants, reportedly, started to foot it to their villages in Uttar Pradesh after they were left with no other option following the announcement of a 21-day lockdown across the country to contain the Covid-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.

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The lockdown has forced nearly every office to allow its employees to work from home. With people confined indoors, the urban poor who earned their livelihood because of the needs of Delhi's huge working class suddenly find themselves out of work. Those who earned their livelihood by washing the cars of residents of gated communities and posh localities or people who offered laundry and ironing services have no work during the lockdown. Lakshmi, who ran a shack for ironing clothes in an East Delhi locality is just one of many such unwitting victims of the financial crisis triggered by the lockdown.

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With the 21 day lockdown severely restricting vehicular movement, a large informal ancillary that thrived because of Delhi's massive traffic volume has taken a hit too. Sunil Singh Tomar could earn between Rs. 800-1000 daily repairing punctured tyres. As vehicles went off roads with the lockdown, Tomar's daily earnings dropped to Rs. 100-200. Now the cops want him to shut shop in view of the restrictions imposed until April 15.

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Though food delivery apps are technically exempted from the Coronavirus lockdown, restrictions on movement coupled by self-regulation by patrons have adversely affected this booming business. This Corona- downturn has impacted the livelihoods of thousands employed with these Apps as delivery staff. For Zomato delivery boy Manoj Kumar, his usual 12-hour shift in Delhi's Bhajanpura locality used to earn him Rs 700-800 daily but since the lockdown he says he is barely making Rs 100-300.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh works from home during nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Modi interacts with citizens of Varanasi amid nationwide lockdown, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, via video conferencing, in New Delhi.

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A man wearing face mask walks on a road during the complete lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, in New Delhi.

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People maintain social distance as they stand outside Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) office to procure curfew passes for movement in the Capital, during lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, in East Delhi.

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NH24 near Akshardham Temple wears a deserted look during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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People stand in a queue outside a chemist shop while maintaining social distancing, during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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A grocery shop employee, wearing face mask as a precaution against coronavirus, calls a customer living on the second floor to come down to receive their delivery in New Delhi. The world's largest democracy went under the world's biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care system as it has done elsewhere. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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A family, wearing face masks as a precaution from coronavirus, prays inside their house on the first day of Navratri festival, where Hindu fast for nine days, in New Delhi. The world's largest democracy went under the world's biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care system as it has done elsewhere. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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Masks are hung outside a shop for sale in the wake of coronavirus pandemic during a nationwide lockdown, at Bhogal area in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a cabinet meeting as ministers maintain social distancing in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

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A view of Ghazipur vegetable market bustling with activity during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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Fallen leaves on a deserted road at Connaught Palace after a mild shower on the second day of the lockdown put in the wake of coronavirus disease outbreak, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the nation on coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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Locals buy vegetables and essential goods at a store after PM Modi’s announcement of 21 days of lockdown in wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Delhi.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with MoS for Finance Anurag Thakur addresses the media via video conferencing, at North Block in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with journalists and stakeholders from the print media on tackling the challenges of COVID-2019 through video conference, in New Delhi. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar is also seen.

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A view of a desrted taxi lane at the IGI Airport during lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi.

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A worker of Nigam Bodh Ghat Sanchalan Samiti sanitizes Charnel House (Asthiya Grah) at Nigam Bodh Ghat as a precautionary measure against coronavirus, in New Delhi.

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Police personnel stop commuters during lockdown in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic at Delhi- UP Border in Ghazipur, New Delhi

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Police personnel stop commuters during lockdown in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic at Delhi- UP Border in Ghazipur, New Delhi.

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Police and paramilitary personnel ask residents to stay at home after clearing the anti-CAA protest site, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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A view of deserted roads on the second day of the complete lockdown in the national to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in New Delhi.

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A view of the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protest site after it was cleared by the police, in New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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Security personnel detain a protester while clearing a protest site after lockdown in the wake of deadly coronavirus, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.

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Police and paramilitary personnel ask residents to stay at home after clearing the anti-CAA protest site, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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A woman walks past police personnel standing guard after clearing the anti-CAA protest site, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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People buy vegetables after lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Fruit and Vegetable Market in Delhi

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Police remove posters and boards from the anti-CAA protest site at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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Police remove posters and boards from the anti-CAA protest site at Jamia Nagar in New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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Residents watch from their houses as police personnel clear the anti-CAA protest site at Shaheen Bagh amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the view of Covid-19, New Delhi.

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Police and paramilitary personnel clear the site of protest at Jamia College in New Delhi. Protestors against the citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh were vacated by the Delhi Police amid coronavirus outbreak.

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Peoples gather near the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh which was cleared by police today morning, amid complete lockdown in the national capital to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

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Police and paramilitary personnel ask residents to stay at home after clearing the anti-CAA protest site, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. The police cleared the protest site amid complete lockdown in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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Peoples gather near the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh which was cleared by police today morning, amid complete lockdown in the national capital to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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Delhi Police detained some protesters who refused to clear the protest site at Shaheen Bagh, Delhi

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Peoples gather near the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh which was cleared by police today morning, amid complete lockdown in the national capital to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

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Peoples gather near the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh which was cleared by police today morning, amid complete lockdown in the national capital to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

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Police clears the protest site in Shaheen Bagh area, amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in wake of COVID19.

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Police clears the Shaheen Bagh area, which has been the anti-CAA protest site for months, amid coronavirus outbreak.

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Delhi Police clears the protest site in Shaheen Bagh area, amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in wake of COVID19.

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Delhi Police clears the protest site in Shaheen Bagh area, amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in wake of COVID19

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Delhi Police clears the protest site in Shaheen Bagh area, amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in wake of COVID19.

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Delhi police and local authorities clearing the protest site of Shaheen Bagh as part of virus-containment measures, in New Delhi.

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Delhi Police clears the protest site in Shaheen Bagh area, amid complete lockdown in the national capital, in wake of COVID19.

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Delhi police and local authorities clearing the protest site of Shaheen Bagh as part of virus-containment measures, in New Delhi.

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Delhi Police clears the Shaheen Bagh area, which has been the anti-CAA protest site for months, amid fears of coronavirus outbreak.

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Police and forensic team investigate the site at Shaheen Bagh where a petrol bomb was hurled by an unidentified person, in New Delhi. Women have been on a sit-in protest at Shaheen Bagh for over three months against the newly amended citizenship act.

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Women hold placards during a sit-in protest against CAA, NRC and NPR and in support of Janta curfew in the wake of deadly coronavirus, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi. PM Modi proposed a 'Janta curfew' between 7 am and 9 pm as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly virus. The number of coronavirus cases across the country rose to above 320 on Sunday.

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Families of roadside shopkeepers ring bell and clap to cheer health workers following coronavirus outbreaks, in New Delhi. India is observing a 14-hour "people's curfew" called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to stem the rising coronavirus caseload in the country of 1.3 billion. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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An elderly couple bangs pans and cheers health care workers following coronavirus outbreaks, in New Delhi. India is observing a 14-hour "people's curfew" called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to stem the rising coronavirus caseload in the country of 1.3 billion. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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People come out on their balconies to clap, clang utensils and ring bells to express their gratitude to those providing essential services amid Coronavirus Pandemic, in Delhi.

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People come out on their balconies to clap, clang utensils and ring bells to express their gratitude to those providing essential services amid Coronavirus Pandemic, in Delhi.

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People come out on their balconies to clap, clang utensils and ring bells to express their gratitude to those providing essential services amid Coronavirus Pandemic, in Delhi.

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People come out on their balconies to clap, clang utensils and ring bells to express their gratitude to those providing essential services amid Coronavirus Pandemic, in Delhi.

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