Silent streets for water festival in Myanmar lockdown

Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan is the country’s biggest public holiday — normally a week of nation-wide celebration and water-fights, with soaked revelers partying late into the night.

But this year, in an echo of cancelled Easter celebrations elsewhere in the world, the country’s commercial hub Yangon is locked down, with residents confined indoors because of the coronavirus.

Food delivery bicycles and rickshaws have commandeered the city’s usually traffic-choked streets after the government ordered people to stay home unless for essential food and healthcare needs.