- Kazakhstan said that China falsely claimed that the country was dealing with an “unknown pneumonia” that was more deadly than COVID-19.
- The Chinese embassy in that country warned that pneumonia was “more deadly” than COVID-19, and warned citizens to take action to protect themselves.
- It said that China had misunderstood the statistics on suspicious COVID-19 cases, but described it as a mysterious new virus.
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Kazakhstan accused China of making false claims, saying that the Kazakh authorities are dealing with “unknown pneumonia”
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan warned Chinese citizens of the country on Thursday that this new pneumonia is “much deadlier” than the coronavirus pandemic.
Reuters reported that the embassy wrote on the social media app WeChat that since mid-June, cases of this new disease have “increased significantly.”
It said in a statement: “The Kazakhstan Ministry of Health and other agencies are conducting comparative studies and have not yet determined the nature of the pneumonia virus.”
However, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan dismissed the report on the news in Chinese media last Friday, and stated in an English statement that “this information is inconsistent with reality.”
In the attached picture, it labelled the story of the embassy’s warning as “fake news” in the “South China Morning Post” in Hong Kong.
Kazakhstan said that China has misunderstood its statistics and attributed suspicious but unproven coronavirus deaths to new, mysterious pneumonia.
The embassy pointed out that the number of deaths from pneumonia increased: It said that by the first six months of 2020, pneumonia had caused 1,772 deaths, including 628 of them including Chinese citizens died in June.
Coronavirus cases in Kazakhstan have been increasing throughout June and July, and the number of confirmed infections is currently at a record high.
Pneumonia is a swelling of the lungs that can be caused by bacterial infections or various viruses. The new coronavirus that is currently circulating has caused some people to get pneumonia.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (Kassym-Jomart Tokayev) said that the number of cases of pneumonia has increased, but did not mention the new virus.
The Chinese news media CGTN reported: “In fact, we are facing a second wave of coronavirus, accompanied by a sharp increase in pneumonia cases.”
Kazinform, the Kazakh news agency, reported that as of Thursday, there were 2,079 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Turkestan region of the country, while unclassified pneumonia cases in the region have reached 5,500.
A spokesman for the British Embassy in Kazakhstan told Business Insider that there was no other information except news reports.
“Our advice is still to follow all prevention guidelines, such as hygiene and social alienation.”
According to data from John Hopkins University, Kazakhstan has a population of about 18 million people, and 54,000 coronavirus cases and 264 deaths have been recorded.
Tokayev said on Wednesday that the country is “the first sign of stability, although it is too early to relax,” Kazinform reports.
He also warned that the country is responding to the second wave of virus because there are not enough people to comply with quarantine regulations.