Yesterday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country would be locked in for three weeks from midnight (local time). It was wondered whether the country with 1.3 billion inhabitants would succeed in this. But it seems to be quite successful: apart from a few police officers who guarantee that the measures are respected, it is very quiet in the second-largest country in the world.
It is a bizarre picture, perhaps even stranger than the deserted streets in many lockdown countries: Indian places where it usually is teeming with people look desolate today. Temples, markets, and train stations are closed. And anyone who goes outdoors should be able to present an excellent reason for the officers.
The manufacturers of iPhones have also temporarily shut down their production due to the national lockdown. Apple has an office in the city of Hyderabad, where thousands of people work on maps for the company. They are also affected by government measures.