Sat, 24 Oct 2020

ULAN BATOR, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A chartered flight carrying 216 foreigners from 15 countries arrived in Mongolia's capital here on Tuesday from South Korea amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

The passengers included foreign citizens married to Mongolian nationals, their children, staff of international organizations and diplomatic missions operating in Mongolia, their family members, and foreigners with a permanent residence permit in Mongolia, who will be quarantined at designated facilities for 21 days, Lkhanaajav Munkhtushig, director general of the consular department at the ministry, said at a press conference.

Mongolia entered its heightened state of readiness against the COVID-19 pandemic on Feb. 12, taking such measures as the suspension of international commercial passenger flights.

Since then, the Asian country has evacuated at least its 23,000 nationals from abroad with chartered flights and buses or trains, according to the country's State Emergency Commission.

As of Wednesday, Mongolia has reported a total of 313 COVID-19 cases, all imported ones, and has detected no local transmissions or related deaths so far.

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