At least 60 workers – from 37 ready-made garment (RMG) factories in six industrial zones – have tested positive for Covid-19 since April 26, when factories reopened.
The Industrial Police has also confirmed the death of two RMG workers from the novel coronavirus.
Shusanto Sarker, an additional superintendent of Industrial Police, said they are trying hard to maintain social distancing when workers go to work and leave factories.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Garments Shramik Shonghoti, in a study, said at least 96 RMG workers have contracted the virus, and 11 have died – including an official – till May 7.
Taslima Begum, convener of the labour organisation, said though a large number of factories resumed operations during the public holidays, most employers are not ensuring the health of their workers is protected.
This has increased the risk of workers being infected with the deadly virus. It has put families and the general public at risk of Covid-19 infection, she added.
"In this situation, if workers are infected with the novel coronavirus, owners must take the responsibility for their proper treatment, and pay compensation in the case of deaths," she said.
Rubana Huq, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told the media that most of the factories are maintaining safety measures against Covid-19.
"If anyone has not taken proper safety measures, we will take care of it," she added.