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Sylhet tea workers go on work abstention amid Covid-19 fear

There are total 27 tea gardens in the district 

Update : 30 Mar 2020, 05:37 PM

At least 20,000 workers of different tea gardens in Sylhet have gone on work abstention demanding suspension of their work to prevent the transmission of the deadly coronavirus.

Raju Goala, president of Bangladesh Tea Workers Union, Sylhet, on Monday, said that the workers have been demanding suspension of work for the last several days fearing outbreak of Covid-19 in the tea gardens, reports UNB.

Getting no response from the authorities concerned of the 27 tea gardens in the district, the workers went on work abstention from Monday morning, he added.

“We hope the authorities concerned will provide the workers’ wages and ration during this period,” said Raju.

The government on March 23 declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4, aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, production was not suspended in the 27 tea gardens.

Bangladesh has so far confirmed five deaths and 49 infections from Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus.

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has infected 722,196 people and claimed 33,976 lives till 10am on Monday, according to Worldometer. 

Globally, a total of 151,766 infected people have also recovered from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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