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Table 1 Summary of qualitative results

From: Local characterization of the COVID-19 response: the case of a lockdown in Lusaka, Zambia

Global theme Codes
Positive characterization Contains the spread of COVID-19
Helps prevent the possibility of overwhelming the healthcare system
Helps in building a coordinated response
Gives government time to prepare appropriate responses
It’s the most logical response to a novel contagious disease
Negative characterization Closes down opportunities for people to make money
Leads to job loses
Leads to bankruptcy and closure of businesses
Increases poverty at household level
Inhibits opportunities for the government to raise resources
It is an overreaction to a problem that is not as bad as in many other diseases
Gives law enforcement agencies legitimacy to be violent towards citizens
Worsens mental health
Increases rates of domestic violence
Increases the risk of child sexual abuse in homes
Might give government a basis to scale up and justify oppression
Gives raise to government corruption through the lack of citizen engagement
There fewer number of deaths does not justify the lockdown