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South Africa imposes strict enforcement of COVID-19 lockdown

The Guardian reported on March 28 that South African police and soldiers are now firing rubber bullets at people shopping amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The specific incident in question occurred on Saturday at a Shoprite in Yeoville. There were 200-300 people gathered outside of this location at one point, citing The Guardian's photographic archive. 

South Africa is a nation riddled with a violent statistic of HIV/AIDS cases, see Avert. HIV/AIDS compromises the public immune system. COVID-19 cases in South Africa have reached 1,100 at least. In a nation with an overwhelming HIV statistic, this could be a nightmare scenario if left unchecked. The terror over a heavily compounded healthcare crisis can contribute to the violent methods officials and law enforcement will use to impose the stiff lockdowns.

Locals stated that the police were beating anyone who would not comply with lockdown orders. Everyone is staying indoors for the most part. Some South Africans were visiting shops but this is not an option now.

Even so, the South African health ministry seems to fare better than many other nations in the Continent will if the situation escalates. This has been attributed to South Africa's more advanced healthcare system, citing The Guardian. Fellow African nations are concerned that hospitals will only be able to handle a fraction of the cases that are admitted.
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Andalou Agency reports that Kenya police have killed at least 12 people in an attempt to enforce a dawn to dusk curfew. Now, citizens wear any makeshift mask that they can muster to stave off the violence of the police.

Within the last two weeks, police became violent enforcers of COVID-19 lockdown. In this footage, by Telegraph UK, Kenyan authorities deployed tear gas. 

In Kiamaiko, a 13-year-old boy was likewise shot by the police. The officer was enforcing COVID-19 curfew: 

Al Jazeera reported later that the police were to investigate the killing of the child: 

France 24 also shared an interview with Kenya's president, who apologized for the "excessive" behavior of riot police: 
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