Kazakhstan on Friday dismissed a warning issued by the Chinese embassy for its residents to protect in opposition to an outbreak of an “unknown pneumonia” within the central Asian nation, describing it as being extra deadly than the coronavirus as incorrect.

The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan, situated within the metropolis of Nur Sultan, issued a late assertion on Thursday on its official account on the favored app, WeChat, flagging a “significant increase” in circumstances within the Kazakh cities of Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent since mid-June.

On Friday, nevertheless, Kazakhstan’s healthcare ministry mentioned the information was incorrect.

According to company experiences, the ministry mentioned its tallies of bacterial, fungal and viral pneumonia infections, which additionally included circumstances of unclear causes, are according to World Health Organisation tips.

“The information published by some Chinese media regarding a new kind of pneumonia in Kazakhstan is incorrect,” the ministry mentioned.

The Kazakhstan well being ministry acknowledged the presence of “viral pneumonias of unspecified etiology,” however 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 assertion learn.

The Chinese embassy assertion had mentioned pneumonia in Kazakhstan killed 1,772 folks within the yr’s first half, with 628 deaths in June, together with Chinese residents.

“The mortality rate of the disease is much higher than that of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus,” it mentioned.

The nation applied a lockdown on March 16 to comprise the unfold of the Covid-19 pandemic; restrictions have been lifted in May however reimposed following a rise in circumstances.

President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev has mentioned the nation might be dealing with a second wave of infections.

Kazakhstan, which imposed a second lockdown this week to rein within the pandemic, has a tally of just about 55,000 Covid-19 infections, together with 264 deaths. The variety of new circumstances rose on Thursday to a every day file of 1,962.

According to a Tuesday report by Kazinform, the state information company of Kazakhstan, the variety of pneumonia circumstances “increased 2.2 times in June as compared to the same period of 2019”.

The nation applied a lockdown on March 16 to comprise the unfold of the Covid-19 pandemic; restrictions have been lifted in May however reimposed following a rise in circumstances.

China, in keeping with a Reuters report, is a significant investor in oil- and metals-rich Kazakhstan and is among the fundamental markets for its exports, dominated by commodities. Kazakhstan additionally makes cash from Chinese items carried throughout its territory to Europe.

The Kazakhstan’s international ministry had summoned the Chinese ambassador in April to protest over an article on a Chinese web site saying the nation was eager to change into a part of China, the ministry mentioned.

It was a uncommon transfer as the 2 international locations keep away from criticising one another.

It was throughout a lecture at a college in Kazakhstan that President Xi Jinping had first talked in regards to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), his formidable inter-continental connectivity undertaking, in 2013.



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