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Why heavy-handed policing won’t work for lockdowns in highly unequal countries

Authored by Karl Roberts, Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T.H Smart

Many African countries have imposed lockdown measures stricter than countries in Europe and Asia in a bid to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. But, due to the significant variation in living conditions on the continent, implementing these measures is likely to be more difficult in some places than others.

This presents a significant challenge for the police. Should they rigidly enforce social distancing and other measures, or should they be more cognisant of the local context?


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