Suspected case of local COVID-19 transmission reported in northern Mongolia

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  • Friday, 13 Nov 2020

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- A suspected case of local COVID-19 transmission was reported in Selenge province in northern Mongolia, the country's Health Minister Togtmol Munkhsaikhan said on Thursday.

"Today, a 74-year-old woman tested positive for the virus at a local hospital. She showed symptoms such as high fever and cough starting from Nov. 6," Munkhsaikhan said, adding that the woman is now on the way to the capital city Ulan Bator to get the COVID-19 test again at the National Center for Communicable Diseases.

Mongolia confirmed its first locally transmitted COVID-19 case on Wednesday.

A 29-year-old Mongolian transport driver who returned home from Russia via Altanbulag border point tested positive for the virus four days after he was released from a 21-day mandatory isolation, according to the country's State Emergency Commission.

His wife also tested positive for the virus and is considered to be the first domestically transmitted COVID-19 case in the country, the commission said.

So far, four people in close contact with the couple from Ulan Bator have tested positive for the virus.

"It was found that the suspected case in Selenge province has no connection with these people. In other words, Selenge province may be another epicenter of domestic transmissions of the virus," Munkhsaikhan said.

As of Thursday night, the Asian country has 408 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with no deaths.

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