Why are some people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in Pakistan?

A second wave of COVID-19 infections is happening in Pakistan, but some are concerned that people are flouting regular warnings from the government and violating social distancing rules around the country.  People crowd into markets in Karachi, disregarding social distancing and mask rules. 

Some 57 percent of Pakistanis say the virus threat is exaggerated, and 42 percent say it’s a foreign conspiracy, according to a December 2020 poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan. Secondary schools opened in Karachi this week with COVID-19 precautions.  As of Friday, Pakistan has reported 528,891 cases of COVID-19 and 11,204 deaths.

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