Fri, 25 Sep 2020

ULAN BATOR, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- A second passenger plane chartered by the Mongolian government to evacuate its citizens from the United States landed here Wednesday.

The special flight from Seattle to Ulan Bator landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, with 256 passengers onboard, Mongolia's State Emergency Commission (SEC) said in a statement.

The repatriated people include pregnant women, the elderly, children and disabled and sick people, and those with financial and other problems, the SEC said, adding that they will be isolated at designated facilities for 21 days.

Following its suspension of international commercial flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mongolia has repatriated more than 15,000 nationals from different parts of the world so far, according to the commission.

The Asian country evacuated 254 citizens from the United States on the first chartered flight on June 24.

The country is expected to send at least 14 special flights this month to COVID-19-hit countries to repatriate more nationals.

As of Wednesday, Mongolia has reported a total of 293 COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported.

No local transmissions or deaths have been reported in Mongolia so far.

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