Mongolia reports 32 new COVID-19 cases

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ULAN BATOR, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia registered 32 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national caseload to 672, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Tuesday.

"A total of 4,335 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country yesterday and 32 of them were positive," said Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, at a press conference.

The latest confirmed cases are locally transmitted. A total of 245 such cases have been reported so far across the country.

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

More than half of the total domestically transmitted cases were reported in the northern Mongolian province of Selenge which borders Russia.

Until mid-November, many Mongolian citizens had returned home from Russia via Altanbulag border point in Selenge province, and international freight transport trucks had entered Mongolia through the border point.

The first locally transmitted case 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 a 21-day mandatory isolation on Nov. 6.

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

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