On 11 November, Mongolia marked one year since National Emergency Commission announced the country’s first local COVID-19 case.
The patient was a 29-year-old Mongolian transport driver who returned home from Russia via Altanbulag border point. He tested positive for the virus four days after he was released from a 21-day mandatory isolation. The National Emergency Commission (NEC) disclosed his identity and whereabouts in Selenge province and capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the public after confirming his positive test on coronavirus for discovering people he encountered. After a year, the truck driver realized that his rights were violated by discloser of NEC, said an interview by a Mongolian website.
On 11 November, 2020, Former Health Minister T.Munkhsaikhan said a woman in Ulaanbaatar had been infected by her husband, a truck driver delivering goods from Russia who tested positive after 21 days in quarantine. Another 24 people in close contact with the couple have been put in isolation. Authorities have ordered a three-day lockdown in Ulaanbaatar, with schools also closed.
Since then, Mongolia has imposed several nationwide and partial lockdowns. However, the COVID-19 transmission resurged due to the Delta wave.
Some 70 percent of Mongolia’s population of around 3.4 million has received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, with over 475,600 Mongolians aged over 18 having received a booster shot.