The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested more information from China regarding clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia reportedly spreading among children in the northern part of the country.

Media reports suggest that pediatric hospitals in certain areas are overwhelmed with sick children. Chinese authorities attribute the surge in flu-like illnesses to the relaxation of COVID-19 measures.

The WHO has called on people in China to take measures to reduce transmission. The organization seeks clarification on reports of undiagnosed pneumonia in children and an increase in respiratory infections in northern China.

Chinese officials attribute the rise to the lifting of COVID restrictions, and the WHO has urged basic precautions such as vaccination, mask-wearing, and hand-washing.

The connection between the reported pneumonia outbreak and the overall increase in respiratory infections remains unclear, and the WHO has formally requested more detailed information from China.

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