Lockdown in Africa: Is the Treatment More Deadly Than the Disease?

In late March, most African countries copied the approach taken elsewhere and implemented a mass lockdown that saw schools close, curfews put in place and people largely confined to their homes. While this approach makes sense and has been, for the most part, feasible in other parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa—the world’s poorest region—these lockdowns could be far more dangerous than the virus itself.

In North America and Europe, the direct impact of enforcing lockdowns has resulted in dozens of petty arrests, some fines, and a dab of overzealous policing.

Yet, in some African states, the police brutality that has come along with enforced lockdowns has already claimed more lives than Covid-19….

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