“Unknown pneumonia” would be more deadly than the coronavirus that engulfs Kazakhstan, says Chinese Embassy
- More than 32,000 cases of ‘unknown pneumonia’ were reported in Kazakhstan from June 29 to July 5, along with 451 deaths
- The Chinese Embassy says that Kazakhstan experienced 1,772 pneumonia deaths in the first half of the year, including 628 in June, some of whom were Chinese nationals
- It is not known why the embassy calls pneumonia “unknown” or what information it has about the outbreak
- Chinese citizens in the country have been warned to take precautions similar to COVID-19, such as social distance and wearing face masks
- Meanwhile, there are 53,021 coronavirus cases in Kazakhstan and 264 deaths
A deadly “unknown pneumonia” with a death rate much higher than COVID-19 has reportedly erupted in Kazakhstan, Chinese officials have warned.
According to the Chinese Embassy website, which refers to reports in the local media, the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe, as well as the city of Skymkent, have seen peaks in cases of the disease since mid-June.
Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health says it registered more than 32,000 pneumonia cases between June 29 and July 5 alone, along with 451 deaths.
The embassy states that Kazakhstan experienced 1,772 pneumonia deaths in the first half of the year, including 628 in June, some of whom were Chinese nationals.
The warning is oddly reminiscent of the time when Chinese scientists announced to the world in January that they had discovered an unprecedented type of coronavirus resembling pneumonia, now known as SARS-CoV-2.
In Kazakhstan, more than 32,000 cases of “unknown pneumonia” were reported from June 29 to July 5, along with 451 deaths, compared to 53,021 cases of coronavirus and 264 deaths. Pictured: A health worker gives a Covid-19 test to a medical worker at Halyk Arena in Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 5
The embassy has described the disease as an “unknown pneumonia,” despite officials in Kazakhstan saying it is only a pneumonia epidemic.
It is currently unclear why the Chinese Embassy has described pneumonia as “unknown” or any information it has about the outbreak.
“The death rate from this disease is much higher than with the new coronavirus,” the embassy wrote in a warning to Chinese citizens in Kazakhstan.
“The health departments of the country are conducting comparative research on the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus.”
Diplomats urged Chinese nationals to take the same precautions as for coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan and infected more than 12 million people worldwide.
This includes people who don’t leave their home unless necessary, wear a face mask, social distance, and wash hands thoroughly and often.
“About 300 people with pneumonia are hospitalized every day,” Saule Kisikova, head of the health department in Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, told the news agency Kazinform.
Chief plumbing Ayzhan Esmagambetova says the death rate from pneumonia in Kazakhstan has increased four times in June 2020 compared to the same time frame last year.
She added that many of those who fell ill were not diagnosed with COVID-19, she reported RT News.
Meanwhile, there are 53,021 coronavirus deaths in Kazakhstan and 264 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
The country was severely shut down on March 16, but later lifted many of the restrictions on May 11.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, imposed a second set of restrictions on Sunday following a wave of coronavirus cases.
On Thursday, Kazakh officials registered 1,962 new COVID-19 cases, the highest increase in one day, Kazinform reported.
Tokayev said the nation “was in fact faced with the second wave of coronavirus coupled with a massive increase in pneumonia cases,” the Russian news agency said. Tass.