Swathes of India under lockdown to tackle coronavirus

The usually bustling streets of New Delhi were silent on Monday (March 23) as the city was put under lockdown until March 31 in an attempt to keep citizens indoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The order to shut down the capital came hours after hundreds of millions of Indians followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's calls for people to self-isolate for a day.

The city's borders with neighbouring states will be sealed and public transport will also be suspended.

Indian Railways, which carries more than 25 million commuters a day, canceled all passenger train services until the end of the month.

India has registered over 340 cases of coronavirus, with seven deaths.

Medical experts say a lack of testing facilities could be hiding the true extent of cases in India, which has a population of more than 1.3 billion people.