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the skull bones of the man buried in Riukalns, Latvia, around 5,000 years ago | Credits: Dominik Göldner, BGAEU, Berlin

Bacteria that caused Black Death, killed half of Europe in 14th C traced to 5,000-yr-old man

Weaker strain of bacteria Yersinia pestis, that caused the bubonic plague, existed over 2,000 years before the event, in a hunter-gatherer German scientists have named 'RV 2039'.

Grave diggers, the frontline workers of the 1898 bubonic plague that history forgot

The social stigmatisation of mortuary work explains the silence in the colonial archives. What archives choose to tell is equally revealing.
Patients under treatment during the Spanish Flu pandemic, which lasted from 1918-1920 | Representational photo | Commons

Graveyard orgies, books, booze — how people killed pandemic boredom before phones, Netflix

Amid the Covid-19 lockdown, technology has proved a big help for people stuck in isolation. But quarantine wasn’t nearly the same for our ancestors. 
A woman walks through the main square in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China, on 11 August 2020 (representational image) | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China seals off village in Inner Mongolia after Bubonic plague death, issues Level 3 alert

The death was reported Sunday in Baotou city, and the victim was confirmed to be a Bubonic plague patient Thursday. Authorities didn’t say how the victim contracted the plague.
A man being inoculated after the bubonic plague outbreak in Bombay, circa 1897 | Wellcome Library archive collection

All about the ‘Black Death’ Bubonic Plague that has China on high alert

A city in northern China has reported suspected cases of bubonic plague this Saturday. The disease killed about 12 million in India when it occurred in 1896.
Bubonic Plague smear demonstrating the presence of Yersinia pestis bacteria.

City in China’s Inner Mongolia region sounds alert for bubonic plague

Authorities said the warning period will last till the end of 2020. Bubonic plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Move over Contagion. Board and video games on virus apocalypse are the new obsession

Games in which players are pathogens out to destroy humanity or healthcare workers battling an outbreak, are all the rage during the coronavirus lockdown.
Representational image | Adeel Halim/Bloomberg News

Pakistan’s Hazaras to India’s Muslims – people are finding Covid-19 scapegoats

Since the Black Death plague in 14th century, when people went after Jews, beggars, and foreigners across Europe, every disease outbreak has been followed by racism and xenophobia.
Rajpath during Janata curfew in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Sunday, March 22 | PTI

Plague of 1896 redefined sedition. Coronavirus mustn’t bring in laws that outlive crisis

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was tried for his articles in Kesari during the bubonic plague. It would fundamentally change how India understood sedition.
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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