COVID-19 Updates in Mongolia

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TIMELINE OF COVID-19 EVENTS

View the history of events related to the COVID-19 in Mongolia. The timeline is updated on an ongoing basis in response to evolving events.

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November 23

Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine is 70% effective

While Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed 95% protection, Oxford's vaccine suggests 70% protection.

November 23

Kindergardens, schools and universities to continue virtual lessons until the end of Fall term

Kindergartens and high school classes will be televised until the end of December 18. Their winter break will last until February 1, 2021. University students' break will last until February 15.

November 19

Cabinet Announces Pandemic Outbreak Measures

The government passed various precautionary and relief measures following the first local transmission. These include tax breaks, prolonged border regulations, and support for businesses and industries.

November 17

ADB Allocates $20 Million to Help Developing Members Access Vaccines for COVID-19

The funds comprise of $20 million from ADB’s Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF) and $300,000 from the High-Level Technology Fund financed by the Government of Japan.

November 16

18 locations to perform covid tests for free in Ulaanbaatar

Two types of tests are being used to validate cases: rapid antigen and PCR.

November 16

Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna's vaccine was found to be 94.5% efficacy with 95 participants with confirmed cases of COVID-19

November 16

Border crossings temporarily closed and traffic suspended

Freight traffic at the Altanbulag border crossing on the Mongolian-Russian border are suspended from November 16, 2020 to January 18, 2021.

November 15

Total Cases Reach 428

Two people tested positive for COVID-19 from 814 samples. 328 people have recovered. A total of 100 people are receiving treatment.

November 13

“Shuurkhai 119” smartphone application launches

With this application, Mongolian citizens can directly contact the COVID-19 reference center and receive advice and information for free from anywhere in the world.

November 12

Pedestrian and vehicle trips restricted in Ulaanbaatar

To restrict unnecessary travel, all trips except to grocery stores nearby are subject to interrogation.

November 12

November charter flights cancelled

In November, more than 1,900 people were scheduled to be flown home on 10 special mission flights. However, due to the recent outbreak, the remaining seven flights scheduled for this month were cancelled in accordance with the instructions given by the Deputy Prime Minister.

November 11

Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is found to be 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results.

November 11

First two community cases are confirmed; SEC declares emergency curfew

Four days after a driver and his wife left their 21 day quarantine at Altanbulag, they tested positive for COVID-19. Surveillance is ongoing to identify people the couple have come in contact with.

November 09

Pfizer and Biotech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Pfizer and Biotech Vaccine candidate is found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19

October 26

Border Closure Extends to December 31

The State Emergency Commission extends the nationwide border closures until December 31, 2020. Movement across all road, air, and railway borders will continue to be restricted and closely monitored.

October 25

Total Cases Reach 339

11 new positive cases were detected in a passenger from a Frankfurt charter flight, Russian freight truck drivers, and individuals who entered the country through the Altanbulag border checkpoint. This brings total cases to 339, 27 of which are currently being treated at the NCCD.

October 09

Japan to Provide Emergency Loan to Mongolia

Over talks between Mongolian-Japanese relations, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs announced a JPY 25 billion loan to Mongolia toward its COVID-19 response efforts.

October 01

Project to Improve COVID-19 Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations Launches

The “Building the Capacity for COVID-19 Diagnosis and Service Delivery for the Most Vulnerable in Mongolia amidst the Pandemic” project launched to enhance the capacity of the health sector, diagnostics, and primary health care units.

September 14

Mongolia Lifts Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions

Public events and educational institutions have been approved to return to normal operations throughout September. However, borders will remain closed at least until October 31.

September 05

Total Cases Rise to 310

Four individuals, from a Seattle charter flight that arrived on September 2nd, tested positive for coronavirus. This brings total cases in the country to 310, of which 296 have recovered so far.

September 04

Mongolia to Recieve $1.5M in Grants from the ADB

The $1.5 million grant will be sourced from the Asian Pacific Disaster Response Fund and will help improve medical resource supplies, including diagnostic kits and PPE.

September 03

China Donates Face Masks

China donates 10,000 N95 masks to the Mongolian Ministry of Health -- China's third medical assistance donation to Mongolia.

August 26

Two New Imported Cases Bring Total Cases to 200

The two individuals had arrived on the latest charter flights from Tokyo and New Delhi. Eleven people are currently undergoing treatment, while 289 have recovered.

August 17

Mongolia to Receive Support in Vaccine Distribution Under COVAX

The COVAX Facility works to accelerate the development and distribution of COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Mongolia has been included in the list of countries to receive support under COVAX for equitable vaccine distribution.

July 28

COVID-19 Cases Rise to 289

Total confirmed cases reach 289, while 222 have recovered and 67 are under treatment.

July 27

264 Mongolians Repatriated on a Flight from Frankfurt

Among the 264 returning from across Europe, 11 are pregnant, 28 have medical conditions, 22 are elderly, and 51 have family members who are small children.

July 25

WHO Rallies Countries for the Fight Against Coronavirus

As coronavirus cases near 16 million across the world and global deaths surpass 639 thousand, the WHO rallies countries to set politics aside and unite for the fight against the pandemic.

July 20

Over 67,000 Nationals Repatriated

In July 2020, a total of ten charter flights were scheduled to bring close to 2000 Mongolian citizens back home. Since the air border closed in January, Mongolian Airlines has flown to 44 countries to bring back 67,290 citizens.

July 15

COVID-19 Cases Rise to 261

Total confirmed cases reach 261, while 209 have recovered.

July 13

Oldest Mongolian Patient Recovers

The oldest coronavirus patient in Mongolia, at 80 years old, was released from the hospital after receiving 24 days of treatment.

July 06

Over 200 Citizens Return from Russia

Per the State Emergency Commission, over 200 citizens who have requested to return home from Russia are being brought home through the Altanbulag border checkpoint in Selenge aimag.

July 01

Cases Rise to 227

Total coronavirus cases reach 228, while 177 have recovered.

June 28

Charter Flights from Germany and Korea Land

Charter flights from Frankfurt and Seoul repatriate more than 500 Mongolians.

June 24

A Charter Flight from Seattle Arrives

A charter flight from Seattle lands, carrying 255 Mongolian nationals as well as stolen dinosaur fossils.

June 23

ABD Loan to Expand Welfare Programs Amid Pandemic

The ADB approves a loan of USD 26.4 million to temporarily expand unemployment benefits, food stamps, and the child money program to alleviate the socioeconomic impacts of the virus.

June 22

Mongolia Sends Aid to the US in First-Ever Direct Flight

The first-ever direct flight from Mongolia to the US lands in Seattle, carrying a donation of PPE worth USD 1 million for the US Government.

June 15

UN and WHO Donate Medical Equipment

The UN and WHO donate test kits, respirators, and PPE worth MNT 428 million to the Ministry of Health.

June 02

Election Safety Measures Approved

COVID-19 safety measures concerning campaigning and voting are approved during a cabinet meeting.

May 29

Coronavirus Cases Spike to 179

Coronavirus cases jump to 179, an overwhelming number of returnees from Russia testing positive.

May 27

Border Closure Extended

A heightened state of readiness in the country and suspension of international flights and movement is extended until June 30th. Seven new coronavirus cases are detected, while six more have recovered. This brings the total confirmed cases to 148 with 43 recoveries.

May 26

Mongolians Stuck Abroad

To date, 11,275 Mongolians abroad have requested to return home from 46 different countries, as anger mounts over Mongolia's extended border closure. More than 8000 individuals have been repatriated on chartered flights and vehicles so far - the latest being 360 returnees from Russia.

May 25

Naadam Festival to Be Held Virtually

The 2020 Naadam Festival will be live-streamed and modified to avoid mass gatherings. Playtime, one of Mongolia's largest music festivals, postpones until 2021.

May 21

Mongolia Sends Meat Aid to Russia

Mongolia announces to deliver meat aid worth USD 1 million to Russia in light of rapid infection rates in the country.

May 19

Chartered Flight from New Delhi Arrives

A chartered flight from New Delhi brings home 158 Mongolians from India and 11 nationals from Vietnam.

May 18

World Bank to Support Stimulus Package

The World Bank releases plans to support the government's economic relief package, namely covering social insurance contributions of 120,000 individuals for 5 months. Cases jump to 140, five more returnees from Russia testing positive.

May 13

Imported Cases Spike

92 new coronavirus cases are confirmed in the past two days - all returnees from Russia - bringing the total to 135.

May 13

Mongolians Arrive Home from Russia

347 Mongolian students and military officers return home on Russian military transport planes.

May 01

Charter Flight Arrives From Seoul

273 passengers transiting from seven different countries arrive in Mongolia on a charter flight through Seoul.

April 30

Bill Passed to Check Government Powers

The Parliament passes a bill regulating the government’s powers to enact emergency policies during the pandemic.

April 29

Joint Donation For Vulnerable Communities

The EU, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and World Vision to provide educational, sanitary, and food packages to vulnerable communities in UB and Selenge.

April 28

Border Closure Extended

Heightened state of readiness and suspension of international flights and movement are extended until May 31st.

April 24

36th Case Confirmed From Multiple Testing

The 36th coronavirus case is detected in the third repeated testing, highlighting the importance of conducting multiple tests. Total recoveries stand at nine.

April 22

President Donates PPE

President Battulga donates 5000 personal protective equipment to the SEC.

April 21

Travel From UB Suspended

Following the confirmation of COVID-19 in two freight vehicle drivers in Selenge, the SEC suspends travel to and from UB and Selenge and Darkhan-Uul aimags.

April 20

Asia Foundation Donates PPE

Two new cases are detected in Mongolian students who arrived from Russia, bringing the total to 33. The Asia Foundation donates personal protective equipment worth MNT 50 million to UB.

April 16

31st Case Confirmed

The 31st coronavirus case is detected, as the number of tests conducted in Mongolia surpasses 5000.

April 15

World Vision Donates PPE

World Vision donates personal protective equipment worth MNT 67 to police officers

April 14

Imported Cases Spike

Cases jump to 30 as Mongolians who were studying in Russia test positive for the virus; five people have recovered so far.

April 11

Face Mask Campaign Launches

The SEC launches a nationwide campaign ‘Let’s wear a face mask’.

April 09

Stimulus Package Approved

The Parliament approves a draft resolution for an economic stimulus package in response to the pandemic.

April 08

Flight from Seoul Arrives with Medical Supplies

267 passengers, along with medical supplies from the WHO, arrive in Mongolia on a chartered plane from Seoul. Confirmed cases stand at 16.

April 03

Charter Flight from Japan Lands

266 nationals are evacuated from Japan on a chartered flight.

March 20

School Closures Extend as More Cases Confirmed

Five passengers from the Berlin chartered flight test positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to ten. School and kindergarten closures are extended until April 30th.

March 19

Charter Flight from Istanbul Lands

A chartered flight from Istanbul, Turkey carrying 252 Mongolian nationals lands in Mongolia. All passengers and flight crew are placed under quarantine.

March 16

Three More Cases Confirmed

Three more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed from those on chartered flights carrying Mongolian nationals from Seoul-Ulaanbaatar and Berlin-Moscow-Ulaanbaatar. Total cases stand at four.

March 13

Mongolia Closes Borders

207 people who had come in close contact with the French national diagnosed with COVID-19 test negative. Suspension of all inbound travel comes into effect (including via commercial flights, passenger train, auto, and pedestrian traffic).

March 11

COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic

The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

March 10

First Coronavirus Case Confirmed

Mongolia’s first COVID-19 case is confirmed in a French national who had arrived in the country on March 2nd from a Moscow-Ulaanbaatar flight. Intercity travel is prohibited, and all inbound travel from foreign locations is suspended until at least March 28th. All shops and public places except for grocery stores close until March 16th.

February 28

President of Mongolia Visits China

President Battulga and other government officials place themselves in a 14-day voluntary quarantine after a 1-day visit with the Chinese president. Battulga announces the donation of 30’000 sheep to China.

February 25

Mongolia in Seoul Contracts COVID-19

A Mongolian citizen with underlying conditions in South Korea tests positive for COVID-19 and passes away on February 25th.

February 20

252 Passengers Placed in Quarantine part 2

Heightened state of readiness in the country and suspension of international flights and movement are extended until June 30th. Seven new coronavirus are detected, while six more have recovered. This brings the total confirmed cases to 148 with 43 recoveries.

February 19

Travel Restrictions Enforced during Tsagaan Sar

Dundgobi, Arkhagai, Gobi-Altai, Uvs, and Khovs aimags impose a temporary ban on vehicle movement from February 21st to the 27th to mitigate travel during the Tsagaan Sar holiday. School and kindergarten closures are extended to March 30th.

February 01

Mongolians Evacuated from Wuhan

31 Mongolian nationals are evacuated from Wuhan on a chartered flight. All test negative for the virus.

January 31

Mongolia Closes Its Border with China

Mongolia closes all ports of entry from and into China at least until March 2nd.

January 26

Schools and Kindergartens Close

Schools and kindergartens close effective immediately until March 2 to prevent an outbreak.

January 06

COVID-19 Task Force Assembled

The Ministry of Health of Mongolia assembles a task force to plan for a potential outbreak.

January 01

WHO Prepares for Outbreak Mitigation

The WHO assembles the Incident Management Support Team (IMST) to mitigate the outbreak of a novel infectious disease.

December 31

A Cluster of Pneumonia Cases Reported in Wuhan, China

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China report a cluster of cases of pneumonia in the Wuhan, Hubei province. A novel coronavirus is eventually identified.

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