Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tear gas. Police beatings. Rubber bullets. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Health experts say the virus’ spread is still at an early stage on the continent but already echoes that of Europe. That adds to widespread anxiety as cases across Africa are set to jump above 4,000. Abuses of the virus prevention measures have been reported in Kenya and South Africa. And now Zimbabwe begins a lockdown on Monday. The Law Society of Kenya says it will challenge that country’s curfew in court.