China’s latest COVID-19 outbreak in Muslim-dominant Xinjiang is traced back to a garment factory which is ‘linked to forced labour’.
A report released by Chinese media has said that a new wave in Kashgar is connected to a state-run village factory. The factory is said to be set up under a government-led ‘poverty alleviation’ programme. However, international experts claim the scheme is ‘coercive’ and involves forced labour.
This latest outbreak in China emerged on Saturday in the Kashgar Prefecture, a mostly Uighur-inhabited region where more than 180 people have now tested positive. Two of the factory workers who were struck down by the virus are the parents of the ‘patient zero’ in this wave of infections who is reportedly a 17-year-old girl.
The disease began to spread among their colleagues after their daughter had returned to their home in the Number Three Village of Zhanmin three times over a weekly period.
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