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World Kazakhstan accused China of fabricating reports of an outbreak of pneumonia more deadly than COVID-19

14:45  10 july  2020
14:45  10 july  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Between Covid - 19 and the pneumonia outbreak , the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.” Since the start of the year Kazakhstan ’s Health Ministry said that it had registered more than 32,000 cases of pneumonia and over 9,400 cases of Covid - 19 between June

BEIJING (Sputnik) – The Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan on Friday warned China 's citizens about an outbreak of an unknown type of pneumonia with a high mortality rate in According to the Chinese diplomatic mission, this type of pneumonia has a much higher mortality rate than COVID - 19 .

a person wearing a costume: A police officer reads the temperature of a man in a face mask at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, in March 2020. Pavel Aleksandrov\TASS via Getty Images © Pavel Aleksandrov\TASS via Getty Images A police officer reads the temperature of a man in a face mask at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, in March 2020. Pavel Aleksandrov\TASS via Getty Images
  • Kazakhstan said China is falsely claimed that the country is dealing with an "unknown pneumonia" that is deadlier than COVID-19.
  • China's embassy in the country warned about a pneumonia "much deadlier" than COVID-19, and warned citizens to take action to protect themselves.
  • It said that China has misinterpreted its statistics about suspected COVID-19 cases, and instead characterized them as a mysterious new virus.
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Kazakhstan is accusing China of making false claims that Kazakh authorities are dealing with an "unknown pneumonia" that is deadlier than COVID-19.

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A new strain of pneumonia has a " much higher" mortality rate than the one caused by COVID - 19 and is spreading in several Kazakh cities, Chinese The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan warned its citizens on Thursday of an unidentified strain of pneumonia , after a "significant" rise in cases in June.

China reports NEW unknown disease spreading across Asian country deadlier than COVID - 19 . CHINESE officials have warned of a fatal "unknown pneumonia " with a death rate higher than the The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan said the country saw 1,772 deaths in the first half of the year

China's embassy in Kazakhstan warned Chinese citizens in the country on Thursday that this new pneumonia was "much deadlier" than the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing on social media app WeChat, the embassy said there had been a "significant increase" in cases of the new disease since mid-June, Reuters reported.

It said in its statement that "Kazakhstani Health Department and other agencies are conducting comparative research and have not defined the nature of the pneumonia virus," according to CNN.

But Kazakhstan's health ministry on Friday dismissed reports about it in Chinese media, saying in an English-language statement that "this information IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH REALITY."

a close up of food: Kazakhstan's health ministry branded a headline about an © Kazakhstan Ministry of Healthcare Kazakhstan's health ministry branded a headline about an "unknown pneumonia" as "FAKE NEWS." Kazakhstan Ministry of Healthcare

In an accompanying picture, it branded a story about the embassy's warning in the Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post as "FAKE NEWS."

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KAZINFORM – Some Chinese mass media reported on Thursday of the cases of an «unknown pneumonia » spreading in Kazakhstan which In its statement, the Health Ministry reminded that the WHO added to the International Classification of Diseases the ICD-10 codes for COVID - 19 disease

Kazakhstan said that China had misinterpreted its statistics, characterizing suspected, but unconfirmed, coronavirus deaths as instead being a result of the new, mysterious pneumonia.

The embassy had pointed to increased deaths from pneumonia: It said that pneumonia had killed 1,772 people in the first six months of 2020, and that 628 of those deaths, which include Chinese citizens, were in June.

Kazakhstan's coronavirus cases have been increasing throughout June and July, currently seeing record numbers of confirmed infections.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Kazakhstan's coronavirus cases have been rising throughout June and July. Worldometer © Worldometer Kazakhstan's coronavirus cases have been rising throughout June and July. Worldometer

Pneumonia is a swelling of the lungs, and it can be caused by a bacterial infection, or by a number of viruses. The novel coronavirus that is currently circulating has caused some people to get pneumonia.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan's president, said that there has been an increase in pneumonia cases, without mentioning a new virus.

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So far, Covid - 19 has infected nearly 11.5 million people, killing more than 530,000 of them. Yet the toll from coronavirus is dwarfed by that of the plague, which has caused pandemics at least three times in the course of history. It has an extremely high mortality rate, at around 95 percent, and caused the

For COVID - 19 virus, initial data indicates that children are less affected than adults and that clinical attack Figure 2. Epidemic curve of confirmed COVID - 19 cases reported outside of China , by date WHO is providing guidance on early investigations, which are critical in an outbreak of a new virus.

"We are, in fact, facing the second coronavirus wave coupled with a huge uptick in pneumonia cases," Chinese news outlet CGTN reported.

a group of people posing for the camera: Crews disinfect streets and public places during the coronavirus pandemic in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan in March 2020. Nur Sultan Governorship / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images © Nur Sultan Governorship / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Crews disinfect streets and public places during the coronavirus pandemic in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan in March 2020. Nur Sultan Governorship / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Kazinform, Kazakhstan's news agency, reported that the Turkestan region of the country had 2,079 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Thursday, while the number of unclassified pneumonia cases in the region had reached 5,500.

A spokesman for UK's embassy in Kazakhstan told Business Insider it had no information beyond news reports.

"Our advice remains to follow all the preventative guidance such as hygiene and social distancing."

Kazakhstan, home to around 18 million people, has recorded more than 54,000 coronavirus cases and 264 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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Tokayev said on Wednesday that the country was seeing "the first signs of stabilization, though it is too early to relax," Kazinform reported.

He also warned that the country is now dealing with the second wave of the virus, as not enough people had followed quarantine regulations.

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