The ‘botched’ quarantine in Taftan of pilgrims returning from Iran had renewed concerns over the threadbare healthcare facilities in Balochistan. 

Being under-developed and with levels of poverty, it has limited ability to test and report cases or to sustain a prolonged lockdown, which has been in place since March 24. There have also been protests by doctors over lack of protective gear.

As it is sparsely populated, the dangers of a large-scale outbreak remains low. But the porous border with Iran remains a concern.

Follow our coverage of government’s measures and the COVID-19 epidemiological outlook.

Aug 13: Section 114 imposed in Quetta

Aug 5: 34 cases reported during Eid

June 31: Quarantine centre torched in Chaman

July 28: 60 portable houses being built to speed up quarantine process

July 17: NDMA dispatches PPE to Balochistan

July 6: Covid cases drop by half

June 17: Lockdown extended

June 16: 120 ventilators available

June 12: 90% of people corona-positive 

June 4: Govt bans sharing patients' profile

June 2: Govt extends lockdown

May 31: Mastung doctor succumbs to Covid-19

May 30: State-run hospitals to run 'smart OPDs'

May 29: Balochistan to investigate suspected deaths

May 28: BHC CJ tests positive for Covid-19

May 20: Lockdown extended till June 2

May 19: Balochistan against 'unnecessary' testing

May 14: Trade activities resume at Taftan border

May 13: Finance minister tests positive

May 12: Schools to reopen on June 1

May 9: lockdown to be eased from May 11

May 8: ‘Relaxed curbs will mean 1.1m cases by July’

May 7: Pilgrims returning from Iran shifted to quarantine

May 6: Lockdown extended till May 19

May 5: Balochistan govt to conduct 600 tests per day

May 2: Delay in testing belie Balochistan govt claims

May 1: 59 doctors tested positive so far

April 30: CM debt relief scheme launched

April 30: Civil hospital faces PPE shortage

April 29: 2,700 shops sealed over lockdown violations

April 28: Kamal urges youth to understand Covid-19 reality

April 26: YDA demands 15-day curfew

April 25: Health staff wants salaries

April 23: Ex-minister dies of Covid-19 

April 22: Govt approves oxygen plants

April 21: Doctors say govt neglected their safety

April 21: Balochistan extends lockdown

April 19: Rs760m set aside for poor families

April 18: Balochistan aims for 50K tests 

April 17: ‘Steps being taken to stamp out virus’

April 16: Traders assure Balochistan govt of support

April 16: Partial business activity resumes

April 15: ‘Ineffective’ virus tests irked BHC

April 14: Free prepared roti for Quetta’s needy

April 13: Nurses to receive Rs10,000 in health allowance


April 12: 6.5m to get relief under Ehsaas scheme

April 12: Balochistan govt accused of concealing COVID-19 tally

April 11: CM calls for digitisation to fight virus

April 11: CM to lead COVID-19 committee

April 10: Centre urged to boost Balochistan's share

April 9: Pandemic crisis may worsen

April 7: COAS orders relief for doctors

April 6: Doctors refuse to work after clash with police

April 5: 44 doctors suspended for not showing on duty

April 4: Govt approves relief package

April 3: Balochistan has 80 ventilators

April 2: Khan says there won't be shortage of food

April 1: No record of pilgrims entering Pakistan until last week, says Khan

March 27: Balochistan CM seeks medical assistance from Centre

March 25: Balochistan under lockdown

March 23: Medical city planned in Quetta as cases spike

March 22: Balochistan braces for another batch of pilgrims 

March 22: Balochistan govt seeks army deployment amid surge in COVID-19 cases

 March 21: Balochistan govt imposes health emergency

March 21: Quarantined pilgrims join volunteers in protest at Sukkur isolation centre

 March 18: ‘1,000 pilgrims dispatched back to home provinces’

March 16: Taftan quarantine centre devoid of facilities

Produced by: Niha Dagia
Artwork: Ibrahim Yahya, Mohsin Alam