The streets of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, were fumigated, Wednesday, April 8, as part of the efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
READ MORE: Doctors and medical staff in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province stayed away from their official duties for a second day Tuesday to protest a lack of protective equipment to treat COVID-19 patients and demand permanent jobs.
Hundreds of young medics took to the streets Monday in the provincial capital, Quetta, despite a ban on such gatherings, aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus in the province. Protesters said riot police used force to disperse the rally and briefly detained about 50 rally participants.
A provincial government spokesman said the doctors were freed the same day, but a majority have since refused to leave police stations until their demands are met. They also have called for legal action against officers who ordered the police crackdown.
Civilian and military officials confirmed Tuesday that a transport plane carrying personal protective equipment (PPE) for medics already had landed in Quetta, and they said more supplies were on the way.