State Emergency Commission convene to discuss COVID-19 matters

2020-11-23 13:05:04

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The State Emergency Commission convened yesterday, November 22, to exchange latest updates and make decisions concerning on the COVID-19 situation in Mongolia. The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ya.Sodbaatar, Minister of Road and Transport Development L.Khaltar, Minister of Health T.Munkhsaikhan and media representatives. 

At the outset of the meeting, the Health Minister informed that a total of over 100,000 PCR and rapid COVID-19 tests have been performed, including 50,000 in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, until November 22. More than 20,000 people have taken the test voluntarily and no positive cases has been confirmed, which possibly implies that there is no uncontrolled outbreak of local transmission of the virus among the public. 

700 close contacts and 6,000 secondary contacts of COVID-19 patients, who have been confirmed, have all been tested, and plan of further detailed measures on the transmission dynamics of COVID-19 will be developed based on their final test results. 

Minister of Road and Transport Development L.Khaltar gave a report that as a number of railway employees were confirmed to have COVID-19 until now, a total of 12,942 employees on the Ulaanbaatar Railways have gone under COVID-19 tests and another 2,000 employees will take the test in the next 2 days. 

Also at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Ya.Sodbaatar said that people, including students, who are stuck in Ulaanbaatar city or rural areas away from home under the ongoing lockdown until December 1 will be allowed to return home in an organized manner in the near future. Before their departure for home, they will be tested for COVID-19, and once home, have to register at local authorities and self-isolate themselves at home for 14 days, tells Deputy PM Sodbaatar.