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Mongolia's COVID-19 patients surpass 600

22 Nov 2020, 17:18 GMT+10

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia recorded 26 more COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the number of infections to 608 in the country, according to the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD).

The latest confirmed cases are locally transmitted with 182 such cases reported so far across the country, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, told a press conference.

More than half of the confirmed cases in the country are asymptomatic, said the official.

Domestically transmitted cases have been reported in the capital city of Ulan Bator and provinces of Selenge, Darkhan-Uul, Govisumber, Orkhon and Dornogovi.

The first locally-transmitted case in Mongolia was a woman, whose 29-year-old husband, a transport driver, returned from Russia and tested positive for the virus four days after he was released from 21-day mandatory isolation on Nov. 6.

The Asian country has imposed a nationwide lockdown until Dec. 1 to halt the spread of the pandemic and to identify all people who had contact with locally-transmitted COVID-19 patients.

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