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COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's garment industry is claiming that everything possible is being done to protect workers as factories remain open despite an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.

The Sri Lankan government has introduced a strict 10 day lockdown to address record infection rates but the apparel industry has been declared exempt as an 'essential service' because of its economic importance.

The Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), which represents export-oriented apparel manufacturers, their supply chain partners, buying offices and representatives of brands, has now issued a statement to reassure the country's 300,000 garment workers.

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