The Covid-19 outbreak took the world by storm earlier this year. The world has still not come out of it and everyone has been trying hard to adapt to the “new normal”. The first case arose from Wuhan, China, in January 2020. In a latest development, China has warned its citizens living in Kazakhstan of a local “unknown pneumonia” which reportedly has a “much higher” death rate than the coronavirus. It has already caused 1,772 deaths in Kazakhstan from January 2020 to June 2020, with 628 people succumbing to the new infection in June. The casualties also include Chinese citizens.
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan said in a statement, “The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than Covid-19. Many organisations including Kazakhstan’s health department are studying the “virus of this pneumonia.” However, there is no evidence whether this pneumonia is related to the coronavirus or not.
Some Chinese experts have said that steps should be taken to prevent the disease from spreading into China. Kazakhstan borders China’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Since mid-June, almost 500 people are said to have been infected with the pneumonia in three regions of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s healthcare minister on Wednesday said that the number of patients falling prey to the pneumonia is two to three times more than those who have been infected with Covid-19. Kazakhstan has reported 51,059 cases of Covid-19, including 264 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource centre. “The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan reminds Chinese nationals here to be aware of the situation and step up a prevention to lower the infection risks,” the embassy said. “Some 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalised every day,” Saule Kisikova, the health care department chief in the capital Nur-Sultan, was quoted as saying. There is no information on whether the World Health Organisation has been informed about the “unknown pneumonia” or not.