- As the world continues to battle with the deadly coronavirus, another disease has been reported in China
- The disease, called the bubonic plague, has claimed one life, forcing authorities to seal off a Chinese village
- This is the second time bubonic plague - a centuries-old disease - has been reported in China in 2020
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A Chinese village has been sealed off after a resident died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history.
After the death was reported to health authorities in Baotou city on Sunday, August 2, the victim was confirmed to be a bubonic plague patient on Thursday, August 6.
In a statement by the Baotou Municipal Health Commission on Thursday, the patient died of circulatory system failure, 9 News reports.
Briefly.co.za notes that Suji Xincun village, where the dead patient lived, was sealed off to curb the spread of the disease.
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According to the statement, daily disinfection of homes has been ordered by authorities. The statement also indicated that all villagers have so far tested negative for the disease.
The commission disclosed that nine close contacts and 26 secondary contacts of the patients have been quarantined and tested negative.
Recall that this is the second case of bubonic plague in China in 2020. The previous case was discovered in July in Bayannur but the patient did not succumb to the disease.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a committee to handle allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
This committee will be chaired by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and will deal with all allegations of graft concerning procurement of Personal Protective Equipment and other state responses to the crisis.
Lamola will be joined by Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu and COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
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