Kazakhstan denies Chinese reports of pneumonia deadlier than coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020

Kazakhstan dismissed as incorrect on Friday a warning by China’s embassy for its citizens to guard against an outbreak of pneumonia in the central Asian nation that it described as being more lethal than the coronavirus. On Tuesday, state news agency Kazinform said the number of pneumonia cases “increased 2.2 times in June as compared to the same period of 2019”. It is unclear whether the penumonia it referred to was caused by a virus related to coronavirus or a different strain. Kazakhstan’s health ministry and other health institutions were carrying out a “comparative study”, but no conclusions had yet been made, the embassy added. Reuters


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