China's Kazakhstan Embassy Warns Citizens of Pneumonia Deadlier than Covid-19

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China’s embassy in Kazakhstan has warned its residents to take precautions against an outbreak of pneumonia in the nation that it says is more deadly than COVID-19.

It mentioned in an announcement on its official WeChat account late on Thursday that there had been a “vital improve” in cases in the cities of Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent since mid-June.

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Pneumonia in Kazakhstan had killed 1,772 individuals in the first half of the yr, with 628 deaths in June alone, together with Chinese residents, the embassy mentioned.

“The mortality rate of the illness is far greater than that of pneumonia brought on by the novel coronavirus,” it mentioned.

It stays unclear whether or not it’s brought on by a virus associated to coronavirus or by a distinct pressure. The embassy mentioned Kazakhstan’s well being ministry and different well being establishments had been now finishing up a “comparative research”, however no conclusions had yet been made.

According to a Tuesday report by Kazinform, the state news company of Kazakhstan, the number of pneumonia cases “elevated 2.2 occasions in June as in comparison with the similar interval of 2019”.

The Global Times, a tabloid run by China’s People’s Daily, mentioned the Kazakhstan international ministry “did not reply to questions concerning the Chinese embassy’s warning”.

Kazakhstan has recorded more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, together with 264 deaths. The number of recent cases rose to a each day record of 1,962 on Thursday, Kazinform reported.

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