Photos show how the coronavirus turned the world second most populous country from bustling to deserted, as India imposes a lockdown on it's 1.3 billion residents
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A security personnel keeps watch at Victoria Memorial Hall during the second day of lockdown imposed by the state government to curb the spread of coronavirus on March 24, 2020 in Kolkata, India.
- India's 1.3 million people are under a three-week lockdown to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- The country has the world's second-largest population.
- There have been 536 reported coronavirus cases, but some experts argue there are likely more.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown on the country on Tuesday.
"There will be a total ban of coming out of your homes," Modi said according to The New York Times.
India has the second-largest population in the world, with 1.3 billion people.
"Every state, every district, every lane, every village will be under lockdown," Mr. Modi said according to The Times.
Here's what the country looks like after Modi announced the lockdown only a few hours before it went into effect on Tuesday.
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India has reported 536 COVID-19 cases, with 10 deaths, but Modi said without three weeks of social distancing, the situation will be much worse.
China, the most populous country in the world and the epicenter of the pandemic reported more than 81,000 cases and over 3,200 deaths.
The crackdown is meant to lessen the burden on the country's health care system.
Some experts don't believe the number of cases reported in India is accurate, which may be due to limited testing.
As of March 17, the country was only administering 90 tests per day and only 11,500 people have been tested.
Other experts are worried about how catastrophic an outbreak could be in India.
While streets in New Delhi were empty even before Modi's announcements, that wasn't the case in poorer parts of the country.
In some areas, public hospitals are already crowded.
Not everyone has access to the tools needed to maintain hygiene.
Another concern was the lack of clarity about the rules of the lockdown.