Updated 29 Feb, 2020

As Pakistan confirms two positive cases of coronavirus, some people are apparently using this as an opportunity to cash in on a impending global epidemic.

Protective equipment such as masks have either completely vanished from medical stores across cities, or are being sold at exorbitant prices, and the rage is going viral.

Many have taken to Twitter to express their anger and disappointment at the inhumane hoarding and profit-making strategy:

People are clearly not happy

More like Rona Virus

Desi Money Heist feels

So much for 'ghabrana nahi hai!'

Karma, you watching?

No fear of Judgement Day huh?

Protection but make it fashion

If making crime is profit, I am arrest

Not all superheroes wear capes. Be like Quetta!

Is this Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Why, yes, yes, it is.


Madhan Rajendran Feb 28, 2020 06:11pm
I got the mask from amazon 100 rs for 1 mask
SMI Feb 28, 2020 06:13pm
Think if effected people not able to get Mask ! Sensible option keep price low and make sure available for all who need it
Safi Feb 28, 2020 06:14pm
These people need to learn about capitalism. When demand rises while supply remains constant prices are bound to increase. It's got nothing to do with islam.
Ibrahim S Feb 28, 2020 06:20pm
Mask will not stop the COVID-19 virus, it should only be use by people who are very sick, contagious or have weak immune system. There are better ways to protect yourself. Wash hand with soap correctly. Don’t shake hand ,or sneeze covering your hands. Avoid public gathering if possible. Cover yourself with cotton cloth - well men will experience first hand how it feels to wear hijab .
joe Feb 28, 2020 06:50pm
India despatch these mask to China to help her out of problem. Available at Rs 10 across India.
HashBrown® Feb 28, 2020 08:06pm
For anybody who's on social media, please promote the shop in Quetta, and encourage donations. If anyone knows more about the owner, please share. He/she is the spirit of Pakistan.
M. Saeed Feb 28, 2020 08:11pm
Face masks can only save the wearer from an extremely rare possibility of an infected person exhaling breathe carrying the corona virus, directly into the breathing distance of a healthy person. Much more potent source of infection are, the currency notes handled by hundreds of person every day.
Jai Moolchandani Feb 28, 2020 08:42pm
Indeed the thing to our people is that they want to overcome whole business Crisis in the world going on due to Corona Virus Just by Hiking the price of Mask. Wo kehte hain na lohe Ko loha katta hai , aise hi virus se huwe nuksaan Ko Mask ki qeemat kaate gi.
shan Feb 29, 2020 04:29am
Gas mask price increase show incompetent govt.
Ibrahim S Feb 29, 2020 05:33am
If you couldn’t find face mask , do what Filipinos did. I can’t right here, just google it.
Agnes Feb 29, 2020 06:47am
Despicable hoarding and black market behaviour. Profit over humanity. Unlike Singapore who distributed masks to all its citizens for free.
samik chatterjee Feb 29, 2020 08:30am
buy from India.
Haider Feb 29, 2020 09:56am
Government should show some spine and impose millions in fine on those making extra profits from this. These businesses should be confiscated.