191 factory workers infected with COVID-19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:11, May 29,2020


A total of 191 workers of 90 factories in six industrial zones under the jurisdiction of Industrial Police have tested positive or coronavirus until Thursday.

Out of 191 workers, 162 are from 67 readymade garment factories outside Export Processing Zones, 14 are from 10 factories inside Bangladesh Export Processing Zones, 13 from 12 other non-readymade garment factories and two from a textile mill, according to an official data of the Industrial Police.

Labour leaders and the officials of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments have given contradictory statements on the implementation of health guidelines in the factories to protect workers from corona virus infection.

The DIFE officials said that most of the factories were complying with health guidelines and deviations were found in very few factories which are small and medium.

One of officials said that they were inspecting the factories in line with the labour act and most of the factories were complying with the provisions of health safety stipulated in the law.

‘DIFE officials cannot take any action against any factories for violating COVID-19 health guidelines as we cannot go beyond our lawful duty to implement only labour act. Our inspectors only can enforce the COVID 19-health guidelines if the agency is bestowed with the duty,’ the official said.

Taslima Akter, president of Bangladesh Garments Workers Solidarity, said that RMG workers were in risks of being infected both in and out outside of factories.

She said that majority of the factories have ensured hand wash and masks for the workers but distancing was not maintaining in most of the units. 

The highest 61 corona-infected workers are listed with IP from Ashulia industrial belt followed by 60 from Narayanganj, 48 at Gazipur, 17 from Chattogram, four from Mymensingh and one from Khulna.

One of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said that RMG factories were taking full responsibility of treatment of their infected workers.

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