Cambodia’s garment industry hangs by a thread

Factories face idling 160,000 workers as coronavirus cuts China textile supply.

Cambodia’s garment industry faces widespread shutdowns by the end of March as the new coronavirus keeps textile suppliers in China shuttered, cutting off procurement of raw materials.

Ten factories in the Southeast Asian country suspended operations by the end of February.

“In March, we could see as many as 200 factories and enterprises running out of raw materials,” Heng Sour, a spokesperson for Cambodia’s labor ministry, told reporters on Feb. 27. “The worst-case scenario is that about 160,000 workers will be affected.”

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