People preparing food packets for the needy people on the third day of the lockdown in Kochi on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Stringer)

NEW DELHI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The lives of Indian people have changed as food is distributed on the streets and all public transport is suspended during a national lockdown.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a "countrywide lockdown" for 21 days in a bid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Migrant laborers from Delhi and adjoining areas walk in a group with co-workers and family members in the National Highway on the third day of the lockdown on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

A policewoman walks on a deserted road on the second day of 21-day nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against COVID-19, in Jammu, the winter capital of Indian controlled Kashmir, March 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Stringer)

A policeman covers his hand with gloves as he stands guard on a deserted road on the second day of a 21-day nationwide lockdown. (Xinhua/Stringer)

A Kerala police personnel distributes food packets on the third day of the lockdown in Kochi on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Migrant laborers from Delhi and adjoining areas walk in a group with co-workers and family members in the National Highway on March 27, 2020, the third day of the lockdown. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

People standing in a queue to collect food items on the third day of the lockdown in Kochi on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Kerala police personnel distribute a food packet to roadside poor people on the third day of the lockdown in Kochi on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Migrant laborers from Delhi and adjoining areas walk in a group in the National Highway on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar) ■

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