Mongolia’s COVID-19 cases reach 135, all imported from abroad

2020-05-16 13:10:56

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. At today’s COVID-19 press briefing by the Ministry of Health, D.Nyamkhuu, Director of the National Center for Communicable Diseases announced (NCCD) that another 37 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, all returnees from Russia, and the total number of cases in Mongolia is now at 135. 

On May 15, Friday, 205 Mongolians returning from Russia were allowed an entry to their home country across the Altanbulag border checkpoint and were directly taken to mandatory isolation. In the past day, the NCCD carried out tests on 193 of them and detected COVID-19 in 37 of them. 

They are now being brought to the NCCD in Ulaanbaatar from Selenge aimag for treatment, where they were staying under isolation. All remaining 78 coronavirus patients in Mongolia are being treated at the NCCD.

That being so, the number of COVID-19 cases in Mongolia has surged by 93 this week, including the returning 55 Mongolian military students from Russia and a passenger arrived on a charter flight from Frankfurt, who were tested positive for the virus upon arrival. 

As of today, 20 patients have already recovered and there is no reported community transmission in Mongolia. All new coronavirus cases are under control thanks to the 21-day hospital isolation and 14-day home isolation imposed on all people returning from abroad.