While the health situation in textile manufacturing countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan is critical, there is concern in Bangladesh about the effects an imminent lockdown would have on its textile industry.
Retailers and unions negotiating over a legally binding workers' safety accord in Bangladesh due to expire on Monday reached a tentative deal to extend it by three months, unions involved in discussions said.
Bangladesh, the second-largest apparel producer after China, is set to lose roughly $6 billion in export revenue this financial year amid cancellations from some of the world's largest brands and retailers.
European fashion brands who buy readymade garments from Bangladesh agreed on Tuesday to hand over responsibility for issues like worker safety to a new body called the Readymade Sustainability Council (RSC).
Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh demanded higher export subsidies from the government, saying proposals in the latest national budget were not enough to compensate for higher production costs and low prices.