Coronavirus worsened the reality for Bangladesh garment workers


Bangladeshi worker works at a garment factory in Gazipur outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 6, 2020.

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SINGAPORE — The coronavirus outbreak has left the garment sector in Bangladesh reeling — and thousands of factory workers bore the brunt of it as their livelihoods were abruptly taken from them.

The garment industry has long been the lifeline of the economy, but as the pandemic ravaged the world, billions of dollars worth of orders were canceled as global retailers shut their doors and brands held back orders.

Before the outbreak began, 22-year-old Mousumi, who declined to give her last name, started a new job at a garment factory in January…


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