Sounds of Silence: Two Cities Under Covid-19 Shutdown

Empty streets, closed museums and desolate tourist spots--photographers bring scenes from two metros coping with the global pandemic.  
In Photos | New York Amid Coronavirus 1
On a daily average, almost 3,80,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square. Now, the neon screens are still lit, but it is almost deserted as bars and restaurants have turned takeout-only. Photo by: Aashish Chandratreya

The distressing rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the world has set alarm bells ringing. With reports of over 2,75,000 global cases making headlines as of March 21, countries have scrambled to issue a series of travel bans and advisories to try and contain the spread of the virus. They have also advised its citizens to follow the practice of social distancing and to stay at home. The mind boggles at how these guidelines will impact major metropolitan cities across the world. Seeking answers, and donned in safety gear, two photographers in different parts of the world set out last week to document two major metros—New York and Delhi—and how they’re faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.


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  • Aashish Chandratreya is a photography student currently based out of New York City. He is an avid traveller with a great love for roaring engines and beautiful landscapes. He likes taking long road trips across broad country roads.

  • Nasir Kachroo is a Delhi-based freelance photojournalist based-out in New Delhi. His work has appeared in various international publications including Al Jazeera.

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