Here is what we know about respiratory infection outbreak in China's hospitals

07:19 PM | 26 Nov, 2023
Here is what we know about respiratory infection outbreak in China's hospitals

The World Health Organization (WHO) is paying more attention to China as a result of the surge in respiratory disease cases and unwell youngsters exhibiting symptoms similar to pneumonia in the country's hospitals (WHO).

At least 7,000 patients are being admitted to a Beijing children's hospital every day, considerably exceeding the facility's capacity, the hospital informed China's official media CCTV.

At its outpatient and emergency departments, the biggest paediatric hospital in neighbouring Tianjin is said to have seen almost 13,000 youngsters last week.

The province of Liaoning, located around 690 kilometres northeast of the capital, is likewise facing a high caseload.

The WHO formally requested disease data on respiratory infections and identified clusters of pneumonia in children on Wednesday due to the growing number of cases.

The UN health agency seldom asks nations for more specific information in public; usually, requests of this nature are made internally. This request, according to the agency's China headquarters, is "routine."

Later, Chinese health officials said that no "unusual or novel diseases" had been discovered.

According to them, the country's first complete cold season since stringent Covid restrictions were loosened in December is connected to the rising illnesses, which are a mixture of viruses that are already recognised.

What has taken place thus far?

The WHO reports that from mid-October, the number of "influenza-like illnesses" in Northern China has increased when compared to the same period in the previous three years.

ProMED, a public illness surveillance system, sent a notice on November 21 regarding cases of "undiagnosed pneumonia." Health experts' organisation ProMED had issued a warning about the Covid-19 virus earlier in 2019.

ProMED cited a story from FTV News to state that "with the outbreak of pneumonia in China, children's hospitals in Beijing, Liaoning and other places were overwhelmed with sick children, and schools and classes were on the verge of suspension."

Since so many children would need to get sick so soon, it is really unclear when this pandemic began.

What are the symptoms?

Chinese health officials have speculated that mycoplasma pneumoniae, often known as "walking pneumonia," a common bacterial illness that usually affects youngsters and has been circulating since May, may be connected to the epidemic.

Walking pneumonia can cause weariness, a persistent cough that might continue for weeks or months, and a sore throat. This can potentially worsen into pneumonia in extreme situations.

To what extent is the illness contagious?

According to Bruce Thompson, dean of the University of Melbourne's Melbourne School of Health Sciences, very early statistics indicated nothing unusual.

"At this point, there's no indication that it could be a novel Covid variant," he declared.

What scientists says?

The WHO received advice on Covid from a Dutch virologist named Marion Koopmans, who stated that "more information, particularly diagnostic information" is required.

"We must exercise caution."

According to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's David Heymann, "the challenge is to discern the outbreaks and determine the cause."

He made note of the possibility of a history of seasonal respiratory illnesses.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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