Pakistan | Coronavirus spread rate increases because of filthy and unhygienic quarantine shelters

Pakistan | Coronavirus spread rate increases because of filthy and unhygienic quarantine shelters

Videos circulating on social media show people sleeping on floors and in corridors of permanent structures, and packed into tents erected in a dirty courtyard.

Shocking videos have emerged which shows the filthy condition of quarantine camps in Pakistan meant to keep people with suspected exposure to coronavirus in isolation. Thousands of Pakistanis who returned home from Iran are stuck in filthy, unhygienic quarantine camps with no medical care or sanitation facilities.

A series of videos posted by Pakistani citizens who are quarantined at Taftan camp on the border with Iran has gone viral which show filthy, overcrowded camps. The videos have now created a deep concern that the coronavirus which some citizens may have carried could spread across Pakistan.

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Videos circulating on social media show people sleeping on floors and in corridors of permanent structures, and packed into tents erected in a dirty courtyard. Moreover, the Pakistan government has made no attempts to separate sick pilgrims from the healthy.

Pakistan shares a 960km border with Iran, with the main crossing point at Taftan in Balochistan province. The Taftan border has been closed since March 16, but thousands of Pakistani Shite pilgrims who were visiting religious sites in Iran have been allowed to return subject to two weeks’ quarantine.

The most worrying news is that the government figures show that at least 134 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Pakistan are the people who went on pilgrimages to Iran and stayed in the camps near Taftan border. With patients carrying coronavirus being present in the Taftan camps, coupled with such filthy, unhygienic camps, Pakistan may face one of the worst outbreaks in days to come.

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