China Warns against Bubonic Plague Outbreak


The authorities in China have issued a warning regarding the eating of certain animals which could be responsible for the suspected case of bubonic plague that was reported at a Mongolian hospital. The disease also known as the Black Death of the Middle Ages, is highly infectious and usually spread by the fleas on rodents.

The warning comes from the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia a day after a hospital reported a patient suspected to have fallen ill with the very fatal disease. The third level alert issued by the Health Committee of the City of Bayan Nur, is the second lowest in a four-level system. The alert says it is forbidden to hunt and eat animals that could carry the plague, urging the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes. They are also to report any dead marmots. The warning on Sunday, came on the heels of four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two people with pneumonic plague, a more fatal variant of the disease.

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China Warns against Bubonic Plague Outbreak

In China, plagues are not uncommon even though outbreaks have become very rare. China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths, between 2009 and 2018. Meanwhile the deadly Coronavirus has continued its upward swing with about 11.3 million people infected and more than 531,000 dead. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that more than 212,000 cases were reported globally on Saturday, making it the highest single-day increase, since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Countries such as India, South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and several other Latin American countries are recording a surge in cases. South Africa, for the first time, on Sunday, recorded more than 10,000 new confirmed cases, in a single day. Outbreaks are surging in India, South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and several other Latin American countries and, in a first, South Africa on Sunday reported more than 10,000 new confirmed cases in a single day. According to the WHO, more than 60 percent of the confirmed cases were in the Americas.

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The authorities in north-east Spain have ordered the lockdown of A Marina, a Galicia county with a population of 71,000, amid concerns of a possible coronavirus outbreak.

The decision comes a day after regional authorities in northeast Catalonia locked down an area populated by over 200,000 inhabitants. The lockdowns only allow people to leave the areas for work and other extenuating circumstances.

Spain just ended a state of emergency that allowed the government to lockdown the entire country and prohibit travel between provinces or certain areas two weeks ago. The country has recorded 205,545 coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths according to health ministry data, making it one of Europe’s most-affected countries. However, countries have continued to ease lockdown, in spite of the global rise in cases. Britain has reopened pubs and bars on Sunday, for the first time in months. Though the development did not overwhelm emergency services, as many had feared, but a senior police officer said it was clear that drunk people struggled or ignored social distances.

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In Britain, pubs and barbers reopened on Saturday (local time) for the first time in months. It did not overwhelm emergency services as many had feared, but one senior police officer said it was very obvious that drunk people struggled, or ignored, social distancing rules.



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