‘Nothing unusual or novel’: WHO responds to respiratory illness clusters in China

Cases have spiked due to known respiratory pathogens and relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Chinese health officials say.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (PhD).

The WHO is hosing down fears of another global respiratory illness outbreak following reports of mysterious pneumonia clusters in children in northern China.

On Thursday, the WHO said Chinese authorities had not detected any “unusual or novel” pathogens or presentations amidst an uptick in respiratory illnesses since mid-October.