They are moving in large numbers, posing a serious threat to the spread of Covid19, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation sources
Thousands of readymade garment workers--who had left capital Dhaka and its suburbs earlier--have started returning to their respective workplaces through the Shimulia-Kathalbari river route on Thursday morning amid high risk of Covid-19 as their factories reopen.
With all communication systems shut, the workers are boarding goods-laden trucks, vans, and light vehicles and are even walking in large numbers and gathering at the ferry ghat to return to the capital city.
They are moving in large numbers, posing a serious threat to the spread of Covid19, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation sources.
BIWTA Assistant General Manager Shamsul Arefin of Kathalbari Ghat said more than 5,000 workers reached in Shimulia early in the morning.
There are seven ferries at the ghat to carry them, he added.
Meanwhile in Rajbari's Daulatdia river route is beaming with Dhaka-bound passengers while five employees-- who works at the river port--of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) were found positive for the virus, confirmed Civil Surgeon Md Nurul Islam on Thursday afternoon.
He said: " We found three new infected people and the rest two were found infected in an earlier test. They are still at their post at the river port, we are sending them to a hospital as soon as possible.”
While the other employees are panicked in fear of contracting the virus from the infected people, thousands of RMG workers are crowding the river port area to join their respective posts in Gazipur, Narayanganj and Dhaka because if they don’t they might get suspended by the garments, they alleged.
Seeking anonymity a garment worker said: “We received orders through our mobile phones, it says if we do not join our workplaces as soon as possible we will lose the job.”
On a field visit, despite coronavirus may take a hazardous effect on the crowding people, the law enforcers were not seen to be interested in maintaining social distance among the rushing people.
Manager of Daulatdia river port, Abu Abdullah said: “We are ordered by the authority to run 5 feri a day for emergency purposes. The local administration is helping us to manage this huge amount of crowd.”