Kazakhstan called China’s warning as ‘Fake News’


Shanghai: Kazakhstan dismissed the warning given by the Chinese embassy as incorrect on Friday.

The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has issued a warning about unknown pneumonia sweeping through the central Asian country on Thursday on its official WeChat account.

However, on Friday Kazakhstan healthcare ministry branded Chinese media reports based on the embassy statement as “fake news”.

The ministry said bacterial, fungal and viral pneumonia infections which also included cases of unclear causes, were in the line with WHO.

The Chinese embassy had said pneumonia in Kazakhstan killed 1,772 people in the first half year, with 628 deaths in June, including Chinese citizens.

Kazakhstan’s health ministry and other health institutions were carrying out a study but no conclusion had yet been made, the embassy added.

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

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