A plane crash in the US state of South Dakota killed nine people, including two children, and injured three others on Saturday while a winter storm warning was in place, officials said.
The Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop plane, crashed shortly after take-off approximately a mile from the Chamberlain airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
Among the dead was the plane’s pilot, Brule County state’s attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said, adding that a total of 12 people had been on board.
The three survivors had been taken to the hospital in Sioux Falls, she told US media.
The flight left the airport just before noon local time, with a destination of Idaho Falls Regional Airport in the western state of Idaho.
The FAA said investigators were en route to the crash site and that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would be in charge of the investigation.
The NTSB tweeted that it was “investigating today’s crash of Pilatus PC-12 near Chamberlain, SD.”
South Dakota is located in the Northern Plains, a region facing blizzard conditions as a storm blows eastward across the United States.
A winter storm warning remains in effect in Brule County until midday Sunday, the National Weather Service said, potentially including blowing snow that “could significantly reduce visibility.”
“The men and women of law enforcement, first responders and medical professionals should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions,” the state’s attorney office said.
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BREAKING: Court Rejects Melaye’s Suit Against Infectious Disease Bill
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected a suit by Senator Dino Melaye, challenging some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, also referred to as the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.
In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine issues raised in the suit by Melaye, who represented Kogi South Senatorial District in the Eight Senate.
Justice Ojukwu upheld the preliminary objection filed against the suit by the respondent.
The judge was of the view that the issues raised in suit was not justiciable, as a Bill could not be a subject of litigation until it becomes law.
Listed as respondents to the suit are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Justice Ojukwu struck out the name of the IGP as a party to the case, on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to disclose any cause of action against him.
Melaye had on May 5, 2020, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020, urging the court to delete sections 5, 8, 15, 16 and 17 of the bill which he said constituted a violation or would likely violate his rights under the Nigerian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
The plaintiff had faulted provisions of the Bill seeking to empower the Director-General of the NCDC to compel anyone to take medical examination or treatment and also collect the blood sample of such person in the case of a public health emergency.
He queried the provision to empower the NCDC to take over any premises and turn them into isolation centres without compensation for the owner.
New Virus With Pandemic Potential Found In China
Chinese scientists have warned that pigs could cause another pandemic if not taken seriously, as strain of swine flu as potential to spread to humans.
Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been studying outbreaks of swine flu in pig farms across the country and according to them, the latest strain can pass to humans.
Two people are confirmed to have caught the virus, dubbed G4 EA H1N1 (which was passed from pigs), since the first outbreak in 2016.
The two cases of a G4-like EA H1N1 virus were of a 46-year-old and a 9-year-old.
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According to researchers, the disease is ‘highly adapted’ to infect humans, and farms needs to be closes monitored, before the virus to ‘adapt and become a pandemic’.
‘Epidemiological survey found that the two patients had neighbours who reared pigs, suggesting that G4 EA virus could transmit from swine to human, and lead to severe infection and even death.’
During tests of the virus in ferrets they found symptoms such as fever, sneezing, wheezing, and coughing were all common.
George Gao, Jinhua Liu, and colleagues isolated 179 viruses from pigs across 10 provinces in China from 2011 to 2018 to study the risks they pose to humans and found that since 2016 the majority of viruses found in farmed pigs exhibited features you’d expect from the populace during a pandemic.
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According to the scientists, out of 300 samples taken from pig farmers on 15 different pig farms, only 10.4 per cent had antibodies against this strain of the virus.
This means the virus poses a particularly strong chance of pandemic spread according to the scientists.
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