SHENZHEN, China, Dec 2 (Reuters) – China’s rise in respiratory illnesses is caused by known pathogens and there are no signs of new infectious diseases, a health official said on Saturday, as the country faces its first full winter since shedding severe COVID-19. Restrictions.
The surge in the disease in the country where Covid emerged in late 2019 drew attention last week when the World Health Organization sought information, citing reports of clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children.
Chinese officials will open more pediatric outpatient clinics, ensure more elderly and children receive flu shots and encourage people to wear masks and wash their hands, Mi Feng, an official at China’s National Health Commission, told a news conference.
Doctors in China and experts abroad have not expressed alarm over China’s outbreaks, as several countries have seen similar increases in respiratory illnesses since China eased its pandemic measures late last year.
Report by David Kirton; Editing by Lincoln Feist and William Mallard
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