Seven RMG workers tested positive for Covid-19 in Savar in the 24 hours until Friday night after factories reopened
The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) has ordered all workers to show their identity cards when entering Dhaka from outside.
The government agency issued the order on Saturday, reports UNB.
“If workers need to enter Dhaka for work, they must carry ID cards and show it to the authorities concerned,” said a handout from DIFE, an affiliated organization under the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Workers will not get permission at ferry terminals or other entry points to Dhaka without showing valid ID cards, it said.
Meanwhile, the readymade garment (RMG) factory owners were discouraged to call workers from outside the capital.
At least 700 garment factories resumed production in the capital, Savar, Ashulia, and Gazipur’s Sreepur until April 28 even amidst the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said export orders worth $3.18 billion were either cancelled or suspended until April 29.
The factories started production with limited number of workers, especially with those living near their factories, it added.
However, thousands of RMG workers entered Dhaka from other districts recently, sparking additional concern amid the ever increasing infection and death count.
Seven RMG workers tested positive for coronavirus infection in Savar in the 24 hours until Friday night after the reopening of the RMG factories.
In Bangladesh, 8,790 people have tested positive for coronavirus infection and there have been 175 recorded deaths from Covid-19 so far.
The fast spreading Covid-19, first reported in China’s Wuhan city, has claimed more than 242,000 lives and infected over 3,449,000 globally, according to Worldometer.