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.
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.
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.