UK Garment Factories Have Highest Rate of Female Covid-19-Related Deaths

The Office of National Statistics has advised that sewing jobs are considered the least safe for working women in the UK.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

According to the Office for National Statistics, three major occupational groups have significantly higher mortality rates involving COVID-19. These include (from the highest to the lowest rate):

  • process, plant and machine operatives (33.7 deaths per 100,000 females; 57 deaths)
  • caring, leisure and other service occupations (27.3 deaths per 100,000 females; 460 deaths)
  • elementary occupations (21.1 deaths per 100,000 females; 227 deaths)


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The group with the highest rate of death involving COVID-19, process plant and machine operatives, includes jobs such as sewing machinists.

Dominique Muller, from LBL, said workers were facing

“a perfect storm of exploitative and dangerous working conditions. Brands, unions and government agencies must now work together to create a binding set of obligations to protect those most vulnerable.”
Source: The Guardian

However, overall the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK as of 12 February 2021 has decreased, the odds now sitting at 1 in 115 people infected.

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