To mitigate the spread of the pandemic, the provincial government has decided to tighten restrictions and take protective measures. In addition to a city-wide partial lockdown in Quetta, inter and intra-city transport has also been suspended. Local authorities are moving to seal Hazara Town and Mariabad in Quetta. However, despite these measures, locals continue to flaunt government-imposed restrictions.
While Quetta’s roads seem slightly less crowded than usual, for some professionals and labourers daily life continues at its normal pace. Locals claim that workers for some private institutions and companies have little choice other than to show up for work.
According to district authorities, around 2000 shops, showrooms, and hotels have been sealed and more than 100 persons have been arrested for violating restrictions during the on-going lockdown.