China says it has not detected any new or unusual pathogens linked to rising cases of lung disease in the country’s north, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (23 November), after requesting detailed information in Beijing.

“Chinese authorities have indicated that no new or unusual pathogens have been detected, nor any unusual clinical signs, including in Beijing and Liaoning, but only the general increase in the number of cases of respiratory illnesses due to pathogens known,” WHO said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the organization had “made a formal request to China for detailed information on an increase in respiratory illnesses and pneumonia outbreaks reported among children.” She also asked the population “to take protective measures”. These measures, already hammered out during the Covid-19 pandemic, include vaccination, distancing from sick people, staying at home in the event of symptoms, tests and care if necessary as well as wearing a mask. it is appropriate, good ventilation of the premises and washing of hands.