Surgical Masks Price Skyrocket as Pakistan Confirms First Cases of Coronavirus 

On Wednesday, Pakistan reported its first two cases of coronavirus, Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed. “I can confirm first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable,” Dr Mirza wrote on Twitter.


The second patient, identified in Islamabad, was shifted to quarantine in the capital’s Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). first coronavirus case in Pakistan, the prices of mask have skyrocketed in the federal capital, it was learnt here on Thursday.


The rise in demand for masks have lead to its prices getting increases, as mask that was being sold at seven rupees is now selling for ten to twenty rupees. Whereas, the N-95 mask is being sold at Rs400 to Rs500 instead of 60 rupees. The development comes after Pakistan also become a victim of coronavirus as two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, citizens are also taking precautionary measures to combat the epidemic, and a mask is very effective tool to prevent the virus. Medical store owners say that only one mask is being sold to one person, as supply is off for a week, the traders were off the opinion that prices will come down as new stocks arrive. One shopkeeper informed that mask was being imported from China, the supply shut down from China has lead to the product shortage in the market.


The deadly virus originated in China some three weeks ago and has killed over 2,000 people. The virus also spread to many other countries, including Iran, Italy, Brazil and Spain.