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.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill said this week that the BGMEA group, which represents Bangladeshi garment manufacturers and exporters, has withdrawn its statement that EWM owes many millions in unpaid bills to its members.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill is considering legal action against the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) over claims it owes millions of pounds in unpaid bills to manufacturers in the country.
A Bangladeshi garment-makers' trade body is threatening to stop production for EWM over claims millions of pounds are owed to factories. But EWM said most stock has been paid for and deals reached on other orders.
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).