Bangladesh has gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus or covid-19 in the country.
While most people are staying indoors, a small number of people are still having to gout to fulfil their professional commitments. These include doctors, nurses, medical staff, journalists, police and other law enforcers, pharmacists, small vendors and rickshaw-pullers.
These people are working relentlessly and in most cases they have little or no protection against the virus. Most doctors are still to get their PPE, with policemen and journalists working with little or no protection.
The day labourers have chosen to flee the city because they fear that hunger will kill them before the virus.
However, few rickshaw-pullers and cleaners are still in the city, unprotected against the virus. They are still plying the deserted city streets, and taking passengers from one place to another - just to ensure that they and their families do not sleep with an empty stomach.
The country reported its first three cases of the novel coronavirus on March 8, while the first death was reported ten days later. So far, the country has seen five deaths and as many as thirty-nine infections.