2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mongolia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mongolia
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China (via France & charter flight from Germany,South Korea & Turkey)
Index caseDornogovi
Arrival date2 March 2020 (24 days)
Confirmed cases14[1]

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Mongolia when its first case was confirmed in a French male who traveled from Moscow to Dornogovi on 10 March 2020.[2]


Imported cases

On 10 March 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Ölziisaikhany Enkhtüvshin announced that a French national arriving in Ulaanbaatar via a flight from Moscow was the first confirmed coronavirus case in the country.[2][3]

The patient, a 57-year-old male, first showed signs of a fever on 7 March. Initial tests confirmed that the patient was positive for coronavirus, and the patient was told to self-isolate in Dornogovi.[2] Regardless, the patient ignored the recommendation and broke his isolation. Similarly, two close contacts of the patient left Dornogovi despite recommendations by health officials to remain in the province. The State Emergency Commission said that the two would be held legally responsible for their actions.[2] More than 120 people that have had close contact with the patient have been quarantined, and over 500 people with indirect contact are under medical observation.[4]

The government has announced various measures to control the outbreak. These include closure of air and land border crossing between China and Mongolia since 27 January until further notice and suspension of all international flights and passenger trains until 30 April. All public events including conferences, sports and festivals have been cancelled across the country, while all educational institutes are to remain closed until 30 April. Citizens are prohibited to travel to the countries affected by the outbreak and any travellers from there are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Any individuals caught lying about their travel history and health information at the borders stand to be penalized.[5]

After special transit planes have started evacuating those who are considered "vulnerable" to the disease from European areas, Japan and Korea, three more people have been reported as being infected with COVID-19 on 21 March. One of the cases is severe and nine people in the immediate vicinity of the case have been isolated.[5]

On 27 March 2020 one more person in isolation was tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total of imported cases to 11. The person was one of 221 people tested after being immediately isolated upon disembarking from an Istanbul-Ulaanbaatar charter flight approved by the National Emergency Commission.[6]

On 27 March Onom Foundation protested that Mongolia only has 160 ventilators (1 per 20,000 compared to America's 1 per 2000) and that importing further cases will put undue stress on Mongolia's already stretched health care system.[7]

Community transmission

As of March 27 there have been no confirmed cases of community transmission.[6]

Release of evacuees into general society

On March 27, the National Emergency Commission notified the public that the time of isolation of Mongolian evacuees (numbering 1,000) brought on charter flights will be extended by 7 days in addition to the original 14 days. Food and board of the extra 7 days amounting to 500 million MNT (180k USD) will be paid by the Government and each individual will be placed in a separate room from now on. This means 1000 evacuees will be released into the general population (in Ulaanbaatar) on April 2–03.[8] According to Deputy Director B.Uuganbayar of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) they will be advised to isolate themselves at home for an additional 14 days. Signatures promising compliance will be taken. A notice will be posted on their doors indicating the presence of an isolated person and neighbors will be encouraged to keep watch on them.[9] The next charter flights have been pushed out accordingly and will take place on April 2 (UB-Seoul-UB) and April 3 (UB-Tokyo-UB).[10]



Charts based on daily live updates from Ministry of Health of Mongolia as reported through mainstream media:[6][11]

New cases and deaths per day


  1. ^ Johns Hopkins CSSE. "Coronavirus COVID19 (2019-nCoV)" (ArcGIS). Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Монголд ирсэн франц иргэнээс "COVID-19" илэрлээ". MONTSAME News Agency (in Mongolian). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Mongolia confirms its first coronavirus case in French worker". Reuters. 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ "More than 120 people taken to isolation after contact with coronavirus patient".
  5. ^ a b "Тусгай үүргийн онгоцоор ирж тусгаарлагдсан иргэдийн гурваас нь COVID-19 илэрлээ" (in Mongolian). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "11th case of novel coronavirus recorded in Mongolia".
  7. ^ "The Government is about to make yet another MISTAKE by sending further charter flights". Gogo Mongolia.
  8. ^ "Isolation of 1000 citizens brought on charter flights will be extended by 7 days". Gogo Mongolia.
  9. ^ "B.Uuganbayar: There was even a case where food served with biscuits was thrown back at a worker's face". Gogo Mongolia.
  10. ^ "Isolation of 1000 citizens brought on charter flights will be extended by 7 days". Gogo Mongolia.
  11. ^ "Eleventh case of Coronavirus registered in Mongolia". Gogo Mongolia.

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