Nairobi, March 28 -- Most foreign correspondents, at some point in their careers, experience a period of involuntary inactivity when they are unable to report, write or file dispatches.

This is because they are being detained by men with writs, handcuffs or guns.

Right now, nobody is pointing a firearm at me, but I cannot help but feel a connection with my long-ago unhappy experiences in Jordan and Yemen as I look wistfully out of my window at people out jogging, heading for the shops or exercising their dogs.

You will have guessed that I am under house arrest and my captor is the coronavirus, or at least the threat of contracting it from a fellow citizen.

The government has brought in tough restrictions on people's movements and I cann...