Two border checkpoints to be closed to freight services for 21 days

2020-10-30 18:01:09

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On October 30, the cabinet convened an irregular meeting and made a decision to close border crossing checkpoints with the Russian Federation – Borshoo in Uvs aimag and Tsagaanuur in Bayan-Ulgii aimag for 21 days, starting from November 2, Monday.  

Deputy Prime Minister Ya.Sodbaatar informed that the decision has been made in connection with the possible risk of infection of COVID-19 amid the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia, an immediate neighbor of Mongolia.

In specific, as of now, a total of 30 freight truck drivers have been tested positive for the virus while in Mongolia, including two most-recent COVID-19 cases detected from Russian freight truck drivers, who arrived in Mongolia across the Tsagaannuur border point last night. 

“As of today, only freight transportation of staple foods, petroleum products and animal fodder are running through border checkpoints located in the western region of Mongolia, and all border checkpoints of the country are still closed to all passenger movements due to COVID-19. However, given the current situation, the aforementioned border checkpoints will be closed completely for 21 days” says the Deputy Prime Minister. 

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mongolia is now 340, all of them are ‘imported’ or detected from people who arrived from abroad and were placed under mandatory isolation. No local transmission has been detected in the country.