DHAKA, Bangladesh

Millions of transport workers in Bangladesh have been left jobless after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to rights groups and labor unions, an estimated 9 million workers have no source of income ever since March 26 when the government barred all transport operations, except emergency services.

Largely working on a contractual basis and relying on daily earnings, they have been left without any financial assistance due to the poor wage structure of the transport sector, the groups said.

Two transport workers – one in the capital Dhaka and

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