While the Chinese embassy described the illness as an "unknown pneumonia", Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. The novel coronavirus that is now circulating has caused some people to get pneumonia. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and symptoms can take more than a week to appear, if they do at all.
Health institutions in the central Asian country were working on identifying the reasons behind the sudden surge in cases.
"The mortality from this disease is much higher than from a new coronavirus infection".
"The Kazakh Ministry of Health and other agencies are now studying this virus, which causes pneumonia".
It was not known if the World Health Organization had been informed about the "unknown pneumonia".
According to the Chinese embassy statement, there had been a spike in cases in the cities of Atyrau, Aktobe and Shymkent since mid-June.
Shymkent and the capital city of Atyrau are 1500km apart, while the distance between the capital cities of Atyrau and Aktobe is 330km. There's no mention of the number of deaths that can be attributed to this new pneumonia. During this period, 451 people with pneumonia and 76 coronavirus patients died.
Kazakhstan, in this regard, like other countries, monitors and keeps a record of these different types of pneumonia, which enables timely management-level decisions aimed at stabilising the incidence and prevalence of coronavirus infection. "The situation is still unclear", it is stated.
When asked about the outbreak on Friday, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters, "We would also like to get more information".
In its statement, the Chinese embassy had said pneumonia in Kazakhstan killed 1,772 people in the year's first half, with 628 deaths in June, including Chinese citizens. "Up to 200 people are admitted to hospitals every day".
The country declared a state of emergency on March 16th, lifting lockdowns roughly two months later on May 11th. It lifted restrictions in May but reimposed them following an increase in cases. The number of new cases rose to a daily record of 1,962 on Thursday, Kazinform reported.
The country has recorded almost 55,000 cases and 264 deaths.