Garment workers say coronavirus isolation funds needed

Garment factory workers forced to isolate without pay for 14 days due to coronavirus concerns say they fear running out of money for basic daily expenses like food if they do not receive financial assistance from factory owners or the government.

Workers who failed to show up to work during the cancelled Khmer New Year break last week were forced to undertake health checks upon their return to work Monday. Those displaying symptoms of Covid-19 were forced into government-run quarantines while those without symptoms were instead put under 14-day isolation orders at home.

But with no wages paid during that time, the health precautions mean a worsening of an already precarious financial situation for many of the 30,000 workers forced out of work.

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