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Myanmar Factories Face ‘Irreversible’ Harm If Shutdown Extended

  • Trade group says businesses need input into Covid-19 policies
  • Government leader expresses concern for outbreaks at factories
Shirts sit at a textile embroidery machine at a factory in Yangon, Myanmar in 2018. 

Shirts sit at a textile embroidery machine at a factory in Yangon, Myanmar in 2018. 

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

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The majority of Myanmar’s 60,000 registered factories face “irreversible damage” if shutdown measures prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic are extended beyond May 15, according to the head of the nation’s largest manufacturing trade group.