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Mongolia again extends COVID-19 lockdown in capital


The Mongolian government on Monday decided to further extend the current (Coronavirus) COVID-19 lockdown in the country’s capital.

Yangu Sodbaatar, Deputy Prime Minister, said that the strict all-day lockdown in Ulan Bator, scheduled to end on Jan. 6, is extended until Jan. 11 to curb resurging local COVID-19 cases.

The source of some recently confirmed cases in Ulan Bator has not yet been identified, according to the country’s National Centre for Communicable Diseases.

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Mongolia confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020.

Its first round of local transmissions was detected in early November when a woman tested positive after her husband returning from Russia finished his 21-day mandatory isolation.

The incident triggered a nationwide lockdown that was later extended in Ulan Bator and two provinces until Dec. 11.

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After that, the Mongolian government reimposed lockdown measures in Ulan Bator, which was hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, from Dec. 23 to Jan. 6.

As of Monday, Mongolia has recorded a total of 1,286 COVID-19 cases, 878 recoveries, and one death.