Prior to the lockdown 10 million people left Dhaka for their hometowns despite being directed not to leave their stations
About 10 million mobile subscribers left the capital after the government declared a 10-day general holiday to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country from March 26.
Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan, director, National Telecom Monitoring Centre (NTMC), said 1.6 million of them are Banglalink subscribers, 4.6 million Grameenphone, 3.5 million Robi, and 250,000 Teletalk users, as reported by UNB.
As the mobile users left Dhaka, their relatives and house helps also went to their villages. So, the total number of people who left the capital might be 15 to 20 million, he added.
“If someone amid this huge population carries coronavirus, the situation might be devastating," he said.
Bangladesh closed all educational institutions on March 17 and declared a 10-day general holiday from March 26.
The country also suspended public transport including train services to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Bangladesh on Saturday reported no new Covid-19 cases or deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours.
Bangladesh has so far recorded five deaths and 48 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
So far more than 28,200 people died from Covid-19 and infected more than 614,000 people around the world, according to Worldometer.