The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the current rise in respiratory diseases in China and has asked the country to provide detailed information on these diseases. Chinese authorities announced at a press conference on November 13 that respiratory diseases are increasing in the country.
“WHO has sent an official request to China for detailed information on the increase in respiratory diseases and reported outbreaks of pneumonia in children,” the WHO said on social media X. A spokesman for the organization told AFP that it recommends following common precautions to reduce the risk of infection.
Both China and the WHO have faced serious questions in the past regarding the transparency of reporting on the first cases of covid-19, which occurred in the city of Wuhan at the turn of 2019 and 2020, Reuters notes.
The WHO said in a report on Wednesday that it has seen an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in children in northern China. According to the organization, it is not clear whether these cases are related to the overall increase in respiratory infections already reported by the Chinese authorities, or whether this is a new outbreak of the disease.
The health organization said it has asked China for additional epidemiological and clinical information and laboratory results from these outbreaks. It also asked Beijing for additional data regarding trends in the circulation of known pathogens and the current burden on health care systems. At the same time, the WHO advised the people of China to take appropriate measures to reduce the risk of respiratory diseases.