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

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

Big-identify intercontinental manufacturers have cancelled or held up billions of bucks in orders due to the pandemic, crippling an sector that accounts for above nearly all of the South Asian country’s export earnings.

Factories shut their doorways in late March but some suppliers said they were being now staying pushed by suppliers to satisfy remarkable export orders.

“We have to settle for coronavirus as aspect of existence. If we never open factories, there will be economic crisis,” said Bangladesh Knitwear Producers and Exporters Association vice president Mohammad Hatem.

He said his MB Knit company had reopened aspect of a factory that helps make outfits for Britain’s Primark and a number of other suppliers.

Factories were being “under strain” from manufacturers

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