Mongolia extends lockdown to Dec. 1 amid pandemic

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) — The Mongolian government on Sunday extended a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic by two weeks until Dec. 1.

Mongolia imposed a national lockdown effective from 6 a.m. on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday) after the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case of local transmission, involving a woman who is the wife of a 29-year-old infected Mongolian transport driver.

The driver returned home from Russia via Altanbulag border point and tested positive for the virus four days after he was released from the 21-day mandatory isolation on Nov. 6.

The extension is part of the efforts to identify all people who have had contact with cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, Yangu Sodbaatar, the country’s deputy prime minister, said at a press conference.

As of Sunday, the Asian country has confirmed 428 COVID-19 cases, including around 20 domestically transmitted cases.

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