A frightening new outbreak of viral pneumonia much deadlier than Covid-19 is causing concern for citizens of Kazakhstan. Since the start of the year, 1,772 people have died of pneumonia in the country. In June alone, there were 628 fatalities, including Chinese citizens, a statement on the embassy’s website.
Between Covid-19 and the pneumonia outbreak, the diplomats described the health situation in Kazakhstan as “very grim.”
While the Chinese embassy described the illness as “unknown pneumonia”, Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as “unknown” or what information it had about pneumonia. The embassy’s website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe and the city of Shymkent have reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June.
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly “unknown pneumonia” after the former Soviet republic reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June. “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 embassy said in a warning to Chinese citizens in the country.
The embassy’s website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe and the city of Shymkent have reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June. The Chinese embassy said that so far there have been nearly 500 pneumonia cases in the three places, with over 30 people in a critical condition. The country as a whole saw 1,772 pneumonia deaths in the first part of the year, 628 of which happened in June, including some Chinese nationals, the embassy continued. More here and here.
More worrying signs in Kazakhstan
During May and early June 2020, researchers have discovered more than half of Kazakhstan's herd of Saiga antelope, around 130,000 have died. The extent and speed of the deaths are really unheard of according to veterinarian Steffen Zuther who believes bacteria is to blame for the death of the saigas.
Back in 2015, 200,000 wild saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in Kazakhstan from a bacterial infection, more than two-thirds of the entire global population. TBW
A suspected case of bubonic plague has been registered in China’s north, according to local health authorities and a further two more cases in neighbouring Mongolia. It’s believed the patient in question is suffering from the bubonic form, which causes swollen lymph nodes, it can kill a person in one day. TBW