Unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan – Chinese Embassy Warns Citizens.
A warning about unknown pneumonia has been issued by the Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan, which says pneumonia has caused more than 600 deaths in the central Asian country in June.
The Chinese embassy said the new disease has a fatality rate much higher than Covid-19, in an advisory issued for its citizens living in the former Soviet Bloc country.
China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region borders with Kazakhstan.
In the first six months of the year, the ‘unknown pneumonia’ caused 1,772 deaths, of which 628 deaths occurred in June alone. A statement issued by the embassy on its WeChat platform said these deaths included those of Chinese citizens also.
The embassy added that the fatality rate of this unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan is much higher than Covid-19.
However, it’s not clear if the Chinese officials have any more information about this particular pneumonia or if there is any specific reason to call it unknown.
And there isn’t any clarity if the World Health organization is informed about this “unknown pneumonia.”
The Chinese embassy reminded the Chinese nationals in Kazakhstan to be aware of the situation and increase prevention strategies to lower the infection risks.
The number of patients infected with the new pneumonia is two to three times higher than that of Covid-19, Kazakhstan’s healthcare minister said on Wednesday.
To contain the spread of novel coronavirus, Kazakhstan had implemented a lockdown on March 16, which was later lifted in May. Due to an increase in the number of cases, the restrictions were reimposed again.
The country could be facing a second wave of infections, president Kassim-Jomart Tokayev said. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Wednesday that it was too early to relax restrictions as the situation was still serious.
In fact, the country was facing a second wave of Covid-19 coupled with a huge uptick in pneumonia cases, he added.
Nearly 300 people diagnosed with the unknown pneumonia are being hospitalized every day in Kazakhstan, the health care department chief in the capital Nur-Sultan, Saule Kisikova, told the news agency Kazinform.