The Ministry of the health of Kazakhstan has denied a warning from the Chinese Embassy that an outbreak of unknown pneumonia is raging in this Central Asian country, which is more deadly than a new coronavirus. The Ministry of health claims that the Chinese misunderstood the method of official counting of coronavirus cases.

The denial had to be issued after the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan issued a warning to Chinese citizens about pneumonia of unknown origin in the country: “In the first half of this year, 1,772 people died of pneumonia in Kazakhstan. Of these, 628 died in June alone. Among them were Chinese citizens.”

The Embassy described the disease as “unknown pneumonia,” while Kazakh officials referred to it merely as pneumonia. The official report mentions illnesses caused by all types of pathogens. It is not specified how a coronavirus or other pathogen probably caused many cases of pneumonia.