efe-epaBy Carlos Meneses Sanchez Sao Paulo

No late risers were bothered by traffic noise or the calls of street vendors in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, the start of a 15-day, coronavirus-triggered shutdown that encompasses South America's largest city and all of Sao Paulo state, home to 46 million inhabitants.

City buses circulating on this metropolis' iconic Paulista Avenue were practically empty, while the typical flood of people pouring out of metro stations has dwindled to a trickle.