As they responded to the growing number of Covid-19 cases, east African governments have progressively tightened the screws, throwing the region into a virtual lockdown.

Lockdowns are an effective way of breaking the transmission chain of any pandemic. They are even more compelling in the African setting, where the capacity to cope with even a limited outbreak barely exists. With the rich West nearly overwhelmed by its own Covid-19 crisis, African countries can only hope to detect possible cases early enough to preclude uncontained spread...

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