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By Our Staff Reporter

QUETTA: Despite lockdown orders by the government of Balochistan, a large number of people could be still seen on roads and streets of the provincial capital. Shops, shopping malls, and markets remain closed in Quetta after the government’s lockdown order to contain the novel coronavirus. However, long queues of vehicles and motorcycles could be still seen on the roads and streets of the city. “I just came out to buy some vegetables”, Kamran Khan, 27 driving a white car told Quetta Voice when asked about defying the order.

In Balochistan, so far 110 cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed and one person has died of the deadly virus. The Balochistan government had announced lockdown from today (Tuesday) to April 7th to contain the virus.

Most of the people appeared to be reluctant to wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus.

“Death is something, we cannot escape from”, Ehsanullah, a young man tells Quetta Voice. He was not wearing a corona mask.

People don’t take it seriously and prefer to be in crowds rather than practicing social distancing to halt the spread of novel coronavirus in the province.

However, the deputy commissioner Quetta, Major (R) Aurangzaib Badini said action would be taken against those violating the lockdown orders. On Monday, the administration sealed 1734 shops and markets for violation of lockdown orders in the city.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.