"The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus".
The diplomats urged citizens to take the same precautions as with the Covid-19 disease, which originated in China's Wuhan in December and has infected more than 12 million people worldwide, killing over 550,000.
The energy-rich Central Asian nation quickly introduced regional lockdown and travel restrictions to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has faced a rise in infections after it lifted the restrictions in May. The government reacted to the crisis by sacking the health minister who contracted pneumonia himself, and announcing a two-week quarantine, starting on July 5.
"Some Chinese media outlets are claiming that Kazakhstan has reported cases of unknown pneumonia, more deadly than coronavirus".
The embassy website, citing local reports, said Atyrau and Aktobe provinces and Shymkent city reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June. "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 disease killed 1,772 people this year, some of whom were Chinese citizens, according to the embassy. More than 600 people died of pneumonia in June.
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He was briefly jailed and expelled from college in the mid-1970s for protesting the rule of former President Park Chung-hee. She told police her father had left a verbal message that sounded like a will, and had later turned off his mobile phone.
On Sunday, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev imposed a second round of restrictions after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Saule Kisikova, the healthcare department chief in the capital Nur-Sultan, told the news agency Kazinform: "Some 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalised every day".
On March 20th, Russian Federation had reported just over 100 COVID-19 cases.
The country so far has registered over 53,000 cases, including 264 deaths.
Tsoy told the briefing that all registered cases of pneumonia in the country rose by more than 300% in June compared to the same month in 2019, from 7,964 past year to 32,724 in 2020.
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