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Mongolia confirms two locally transmitted coronavirus cases

Christian Fernsby |
Mongolia confirmed two more locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Friday evening, according to the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD).

The latest confirmed cases were reported in Selenge province in northern Mongolia, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the Surveillance Department of the NCCD, said at a press conference.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country reached 557, including 130 locally transmitted cases as of Friday evening.

Domestic transmissions of the virus have been reported in the capital city of Ulan Bator and the provinces of Selenge, Darkhan-Uul, Govisumber, Orkhon and Dornogovi.

These provinces are connected by railway, and it is believed that the locally transmitted cases reported in the provinces have been spread through railway workers.

Mongolia entered a state of public disaster preparedness and imposed a nationwide 24-hour lockdown from 6 a.m. local time on Nov. 12 (2200 GMT Nov. 11) until Dec. 1 after reporting its first locally transmitted coronavirus case.

The first locally transmitted case in Mongolia was found in a woman, whose 29-year-old husband, a transport driver, returned from Russia and tested positive for the virus four days after he was released from a 21-day mandatory isolation on Nov. 6.

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