NOIDA, March 23 -- Streets and public places in Delhi wore a deserted look on Sunday as millions heeded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a voluntary shutdown to break the chain of coronavirus infections and stayed home for the "janta curfew" imposed from 7am to 9pm.

For the Capital, inhabited by nearly 20 million people, Sunday began with unusual sights - there were barely any sanitation workers to sweep the streets, no street vendors setting up their makeshift shops and no din of vehicle engines and honking.

The little activity that was reported during the day could be seen at major hospitals, bus terminals, railway stations, the international airport and shelter homes.

The silence, however, was broken for a few minutes in the ev...