Chinese officials have raised an alarm as an ‘unknown pneumonia’ that is deadlier than coronavirus breaks out in Kazakhstan.
A statement released by the embassy stated that the death rate of the new disease is much higher than the dreaded coronavirus disease.
”Unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan has caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, has affected 628 people in June alone, including Chinese citizens.
“The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but are yet to identify the virus.
“The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than the coronavirus disease,” read the statement read.
Also, Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry said that Health officials have recorded more than 32,000 cases of pneumonia between June 29 and July 5 alone, along with 451 deaths.
“About 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalized every day,” it added.
Meanwhile in a statement on Friday, the Kazakhstan health ministry acknowledged the presence of “viral pneumonias of unspecified etiology,” but denied that the outbreak was new or unknown.
“In response to these reports, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially declares that this information does not correspond to reality,” the statement read.
It added the “unspecified” pneumonia classification followed World Health Organization guidelines “for the registration of pneumonia when the coronavirus infection is diagnosed clinically or epidemiologically but is not confirmed by laboratory testing.”