Bangladesh garment factories reopen, defying virus lockdown, Retail News, ET Retail

Davida Erdahl

DHAKA: Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown to reopen on Sunday, increasing fears the industry’s susceptible and mainly female workforce could be exposed to the contagion.

Major-name intercontinental brands have cancelled or held up billions of dollars in orders due to the pandemic, crippling an sector that accounts for around approximately all of the South Asian country’s export earnings.

Factories shut their doors in late March but some suppliers explained they have been now getting pushed by vendors to satisfy outstanding export orders.

“We have to accept coronavirus as aspect of daily life. If we don’t open up factories, there will be financial disaster,” explained Bangladesh Knitwear Suppliers and Exporters Affiliation vice president Mohammad Hatem.

He explained his MB Knit corporation experienced reopened aspect of a manufacturing unit that will make clothing for Britain’s Primark and numerous other vendors.

Factories have been “beneath stress” from brands

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