Workers Return to Bangladesh’s Garment Factories Despite Record COVID Deaths
Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers have returned to major cities, besieging train and bus stations after the government said export factories could reopen despite the deadly coronavirus wave.
Authorities had ordered factories, offices, transport and shops to close from 23 July to 5 August and confined people to their homes for a week, as coronavirus infections and deaths hit record levels.
Larger factories that supply top brands in Europe and North America had been excluded from the nationwide lockdown order.
On Sunday the government gave the go ahead for the country’s 4,500 garment factories, which employ more than four million people, to reopen, sparking a rush back to industrial cities this week.