Mongolia sees 21 new coronavirus cases, total reaches 578

2020-11-21 12:04:16

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The Ministry of Health has just held its daily press briefing on COVID-19 situation to give update as of 11 AM, November 21, Saturday. 

Since the last update was provided at 5 PM, November 20, Friday, 21 new cases of coronavirus were detected, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 578. 

Head of Surveillance Department of the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) A.Ambaselmaa informed that a total of 3,071 COVID-19 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours at two laboratories of the NCCD, as well as laboratories at the National Center for Zoonotic Disease, Selenge, Darkhan and Dornod aimags. 

In specific, 5 new cases were detected in Ulaanbaatar, bringing the number of cases in the capital city to 39. 4 people were tested positive in Orkhon aimag, where 16 cases of COVID-19 are now confirmed in total.  6 new cases were confirmed in Dornogobi aimag, totaling the confirmed cases to 12. Another 5 cases were confirmed in Selenge aimag, with confirmed cases in the aimag reaching 58 as a result. 

No new cases were detected in Darkhan-Uul aimag, another cluster of community infection, the number of cases in the region remains 16. Also, no new case was confirmed in Gobisumber aimag, where one case of COVID-19 is confirmed as of now. 

Out of total 578 confirmed cases in Mongolia, 143 cases are community transmission, and 337 are already recovered, and 234 people are being treated at the NCCD at this moment. 7 positive cases were foreign nationals and have been sent back to the countries of origin. 

Thanks to stringent measures of lockdown, COVID-19 infection rates are being gradually brought down by up to 60-70 percent, especially in the cluster regions, report the officials. 

Also at the press briefing, General Manager of Ulaanbaatar city T.Gantumur informed that as ordered by the State Emergency Commission, the Emergency Commission of Ulaanbaatar city convened on the evening of November 20, and decided to allow food wholesalers and distribution services to hold their distribution to grocery stores and food retailers between 7 AM and 5 PM daily, starting today.

Previously, food distribution services were allowed to operate only at nighttime during the nationwide lockdown, which has been in place since November 11 after first cases of community transmission were detected.