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LEICESTER – Pressure to meet orders for online retailers such as Boohoo led to garment factories in the UK breaking lockdown rules, according to new reports. Local officials in Leicester are now claiming that one of the reasons for the city’s coronavirus spike is the poor conditions garment workers face in cramped factories with little social distancing or PPE provided.

Leicester is the largest garment production hub in the UK, producing for many online only brands such as Boohoo and Asos. The city has recently been ordered back into lockdown by the UK government following a huge spike in coronavirus cases, which local leaders are now blaming on the poorly regulated local garment sector.

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