Report from the Chinese officials stated that a new ‘unknown pneumonia’ which is likely deadlier than the novel coronavirus has been recorded killing more than 1,700 people this year in the Central country of Kazakhstan.
However, authorities in Kazakhstan have denied the report published by the Chinese officials that the country is facing such challenges of an outbreak of “unknown pneumonia”.
According to a warning issued by the Chinese embassy on Thursday, June 9, new cases of unspecified pneumonia have been rising significantly since mid-June across the country in the central Asian country killing more than 1,700 people.
“Kazakhstani Health Department and other agencies are conducting comparative research and have not defined the nature of the pneumonia virus,” the statement declared.
In view of this, in a statement later on Friday, 10 July, the Kazakhstan health ministry admitted the presence of “viral pneumonia of unspecified etiology”, yet 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 ‘unknown’ pneumonia classification followed World Health Organization guidelines “for the registration of pneumonia when the coronavirus infection is diagnosed clinically or epidemiological but is not confirmed by laboratory testing.”
According to the Embassy, the hike of the virus has so far been intensive in the regions of Atyrau, Aktobe, and Shymkent, in total leading to 500 new cases and more than 30 critically ill patients.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed Friday that Beijing needed more information from Kazakh authorities.
“For the species, I will refer you to the relevant authorities in Kazakhstan, we would also like to get more information,” a spokesperson said on Friday.