Covid-19 continues to spread in garment factories, where workers cannot avoid a crowd

Garment workers travel to their factory in a crowded van ahead in Choam Chao1 commune, Pur Sen Chey district in Phnom Penh, June 10. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

When garment factories in Phnom Penh resumed operations last month after the lockdown, officials and factory owners insisted workers would be safe. Factories were to divide workers into two shifts to allow for adequate social distancing; and testing, tracing, and vaccinations would help contain the spread of COVID-19.