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Respiratory Disease Spikes in China for the First Time Since Covid-19

29th November 2023

As respiratory infections rise in the north of China following Covid-19, the World Health Organization has asked residents to share their records and data. 

Data suggests there has been an increase in GP appointments, with pneumonia being the most common respiratory illness documented so far. This has led to some hospitals in Bejing experiencing a high demand.  

The WHO attributed the surge to the ease of covid-19 regulations, which led to the rise in cases of influenza, Covid-19, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and respiratory syncytial virus. 

On the 22nd of November, the World Health Organization sought test findings, medical data, and information from the affected locations.  

Lecturer at University of Birmingham, Zania Stamataki, added, “There is currently no evidence that the increase in paediatric pneumonia cases in China may be due to a new virus.” 

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