Pakistani Police arrested roughly 150 physicians and medical staff after they protested the severe lack of equipment, specifically Personal Protective Equipment (PPD), needed to properly combat COVID-19. According to CNN, the incident took place in Quetta, in the Baluchistan province of the country. The protests come as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have reached 3,300, and death number at 50. The true number, however, is suspected to be much higher.
The arrests draw attention to Pakistan’s inability to control its COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly 18 doctors in the Baluchistan province have contracted the virus as a result of strained medical supply chains. Similar protests may occur in the future if the government in Islamabad is unable to provide the required equipment.
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