Unknown Kazakh pneumonia deadlier than Covid-19: China

#BEIJING  has warned its citizens living in Kazakhstan of a local “unknown pneumonia” which, it said, has a “much higher” fatality rate than the  disease,
prompting the Central Asian country to dismiss it as “fake news.”

The “unknown  in Kazakhstan caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, including 628 people in June alone”, the Chinese embassy in the central Asian country said in a statement on its We-Chat platform on Thursday, adding that the fatalities also included Chinese citizens.

However, Kazakhstan has dismissed as “fake news” the warning put out by the Chinese embassy.

“The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than Covid-19,” staterun Global Times quoted the embassy's statement on Friday.

Many organisations including Kazakhstan's health department are studying the “virus of this pneumonia”, the embassy said.

There has not been any indication whether this disease is related to the Covid-19. Some Chinese experts said that measures should be taken to prevent the pneumonia from spreading into China.

Reacting to this, Kazakhstan’s health ministry termed the Chinese embassy statement as “fake news.”

“The information published by some Chinese media regarding a new kind of pneumonia in Kazakhstan is incorrect,” Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted the ministry as saying. It said its tallies of bacterial, fungal and viral pneumonia infections, which also included cases of unclear causes, were inline with World Health Organisation guidelines.

“The information published by some Chinese media regarding a new kind of pneumonia in Kazakhstan is incorrect,” the ministry said.

The embassy is reminding the Chinese citizens in Kazakhstan to raise their awareness of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

It quoted local media as saying that since mid-June, almost 500 people have been infected with the pneumonia in three regions of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's healthcare minister on Wednesday said that the number of patients sickened by the pneumonia is two to three times more than those  have been infected with the Covid -19, the report quoted Kazakh media as saying.

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