Hundreds of workers poured onto the streets of Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong on Saturday because Bangladesh government failed to provide wages to them, Which cause flouting social distancing rules to demand work and wages during the coronavirus shutdown.
Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel producer after China, is about to lose about $6 billion of export revenues this twelvemonth as retailers and types across the globe cancel orders, two industry bodies have said.
The country reported 306 new cases of coronavirus and nine more deaths on Saturday, taking the whole to 2,144 cases and 84 deaths.
Those figures are still relatively low compared with the worst-hit regions including China, parts of Europe and also US.
But health officials have warned that the infection could still spread fast through the encircling South Asia region, home to a fifth of the world’s population where millions sleep in packed slums with fragile public health systems.
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Neighbouring India reported 991 new cases and 42 new deaths from the virus on Saturday, taking the whole number of reported cases to 14,378 and deaths to 480.
Indian health ministry official Lav Agarwal told reporters some districts had not reported any new cases. But he urged people to stay to social distancing rules. “This could be a battle that we’ve to remain vigilant continuously,” he said.
India is within the fourth week of a nationwide shutdown, though the govt. has said it’ll allow industries within the countryside to reopen and a few farms to resume work next week.
Sri Lanka’s government said on Saturday it might partially ease restrictions from April 20.
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Bangladesh has sent troops out into the streets to assist enforce a shutdown on travel and restrictions on gatherings.
In Chittagong, the crowds of workers on the streets said they were still expecting last month’s wages.
Police had talked to at least one factory owner who had promised to form the payments by April 28, local officer Mohammad Zamiruddin told Reuters.
Bangladesh’s government last month launched a $588 million package to assist companies within the crucial garments sector pay staff during the pandemic, but manufacturers have said it’s not enough.