90 workers of 53 factories test COVID-19 positive

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:02, May 17,2020


A total of 90 workers of 53 factories in five industrial zones under the jurisdiction of the industrial police have tasted coronavirus positive as of Saturday.

Out of 90 workers, 73 are from 38 garment and textile factories, 8 are from six factories under Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and nine from nine other non-readymade garment factories, according to an official data of the industrial police.

The data showed that 68 workers infected with coronavirus from 35 garment factories registered with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, three workers from two member factories of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association and two workers from one Bangladesh Textile Mills Association member unit.

The highest 48 number of corona-infected workers are listed with IP from Ashulia industrial belt followed by 25 at Gazipur, 11 from Chattogram, three each from Narayanganj and Mymensingh.

Industrial police, however, listed no coronavirus-infected workers at Khulna, but a worker tasted positive in an RMG factory located in Jashore, out of the jurisdiction of the industrial police.

International Trade Union Confederation Bangladesh Council in a statement issued on Saturday said the factory owners are not fully complying with the government’s instructions to begin operation in the factories with a limited number of workers maintaining health safety measures.

As a result, many garment workers are being infected, the rights group said in the statement.

The treatment cost for the infected workers and the appropriate compensation for the deceased workers must be paid by the concerned authority, they demanded.

The informal sector workers and expatriate workers in Bangladesh have suffered the most due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they said.

No BGMEA leader was available for comments on the matter.

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