Chinese officials have warned an “unknown pneumonia” deadlier than COVID-19 has killed almost 2,000 people in Kazakhstan this year, in a claim denied by the Central Asian country’s government.
TheChinese Embassy in Kazakhstan wrote in an alert to its citizens that 1,772 people had been killed by an “unknown pneumonia,” including Chinese citizens.
Cases have been rising since mid-June, according to the statement, and 628 people died last month. The regions of Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent were those affected.
“The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus,” the statement said, according to the South China Morning Post.
The embassy told residents to avoid going outside and to crowded public places. They also advised taking precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, disinfecting their environment, hand washing, and ventilating buildings.