Photos: A day in the life of India amid the COVID-19 lockdown

India entered the second week of its 21-day lockdown meant to check the spread of the coronavirus, on April 01, 2020. The past week has been one of uncertainty for a large section of the workforce engaged as migrant workers, many of whom were seen walking to their homes with transportation suspended. For many Indians it has meant working from home, or settling in to alternate routines. A look at how India has been spending its days in lockdown.

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People in masks depicting the coronavirus and placards that read: “Don’t come out, don’t go near corona” provided by police as a punishment for breaking a lockdown imposed to slow the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chennai, on April 1, 2020. This is one of many offbeat measures the police have taken towards offenders of a lockdown for our collective health instead of a law and order issue. (P. Ravikumar / REUTERS)

People in masks depicting the coronavirus and placards that read: “Don’t come out, don’t go near corona” provided by police as a punishment for breaking a lockdown imposed to slow the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chennai, on April 1, 2020. This is one of many offbeat measures the police have taken towards offenders of a lockdown for our collective health instead of a law and order issue. (P. Ravikumar / REUTERS)

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Migrant workers charge their phones at a government-run temporary shelter in a school, during the 21-day nationwide lockdown in New Delhi, India, March 31, 2020. A large number of the migrant workers who had been walking on foot after the lockdown began have since been put up in shelter homes or been provided further transport by state governments. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Migrant workers charge their phones at a government-run temporary shelter in a school, during the 21-day nationwide lockdown in New Delhi, India, March 31, 2020. A large number of the migrant workers who had been walking on foot after the lockdown began have since been put up in shelter homes or been provided further transport by state governments. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Suvarna Dinesh Rasal, a nurse at Breach Candy Hospital Trust watches TV with her son Atharva, who works at a coffee shop. Aparna Arvind Lanjekar, Suvarna’s mother, prepares food as they stay indoors inside their single room apartment at a chawl, home to hundreds of families, in Mumbai. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

Suvarna Dinesh Rasal, a nurse at Breach Candy Hospital Trust watches TV with her son Atharva, who works at a coffee shop. Aparna Arvind Lanjekar, Suvarna’s mother, prepares food as they stay indoors inside their single room apartment at a chawl, home to hundreds of families, in Mumbai. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

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Rashami Ramesh Paradkar, Vrushali Shetkar-- both housewives, and Aniket Panchal, a teacher, look out from a common balcony in their chawl in Mumbai. Pollution in India’s metros has seen a sharp reduction over the last week, if only at the cost of its people indoors, roads empty, factories and construction activity at a standstill. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

Rashami Ramesh Paradkar, Vrushali Shetkar-- both housewives, and Aniket Panchal, a teacher, look out from a common balcony in their chawl in Mumbai. Pollution in India’s metros has seen a sharp reduction over the last week, if only at the cost of its people indoors, roads empty, factories and construction activity at a standstill. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

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Khushbu Hitesh Mehta, an architecture student, works on her project as her father Hitesh Mehta, a businessman, speaks on his mobile phone, in Mumbai. Schools, offices and universities out of physical reach, cubicles and classrooms now occupy people’s homes. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

Khushbu Hitesh Mehta, an architecture student, works on her project as her father Hitesh Mehta, a businessman, speaks on his mobile phone, in Mumbai. Schools, offices and universities out of physical reach, cubicles and classrooms now occupy people’s homes. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

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People stand on lines drawn to maintain a safe distance as they wait to receive food being distributed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during the lockdown in Chennai. Lockdown conditions have drawn public and individual responses to addressing the question of food security especially among the weaker sections of society. (P. Ravikumar / REUTERS)

People stand on lines drawn to maintain a safe distance as they wait to receive food being distributed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during the lockdown in Chennai. Lockdown conditions have drawn public and individual responses to addressing the question of food security especially among the weaker sections of society. (P. Ravikumar / REUTERS)

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Meghna Dani, 43, who works as a teacher, helps her daughters Naisha Dani, 13, and Saisha Dani, 9, paint at their home, in Mumbai. The lockdown has presented an unforeseen challenge to schools, with only a select few able to provide online classroom sessions to their students. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

Meghna Dani, 43, who works as a teacher, helps her daughters Naisha Dani, 13, and Saisha Dani, 9, paint at their home, in Mumbai. The lockdown has presented an unforeseen challenge to schools, with only a select few able to provide online classroom sessions to their students. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

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Hitesh Mehta washes tableware inside the kitchen of his three-room apartment in Mumbai. The days indoors have also meant picking up on tasks on hold, trying out new hobbies, helping out or simply reflection. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

Hitesh Mehta washes tableware inside the kitchen of his three-room apartment in Mumbai. The days indoors have also meant picking up on tasks on hold, trying out new hobbies, helping out or simply reflection. (Hemanshi Kamani / REUTERS)

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