Mongolia sees single-day spike of 889 coronavrius cases, death toll reaches 49Society
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Today’s daily COVID-19 press briefing by the Ministry of Health reported that 889 new coronavirus cases were detected in the past 24 hours after a total of 12,384 tests were carried out at 23 PCR laboratories nationwide.
In specific, 767 new cases were confirmed in Ulaanbaatar city, four cases are hospital-acquired infections, and 118 cases were detected in rural regions, including Bayan-Ulgii, Zavkhan, Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon, Erdenet, Uvs, Khovd, Arkhangai, Selenge, Tuv, Dundgobi and Khentii aimags.
As a result, the nationwide infection tally is now 22,884, with the cases registered in the capital city reached 19,643.
In the last 24 hours, 524 coronavirus patients were recovered and discharged from hospital, making the number of COVID-19 recoveries 12,401. As of April 19, a total of 3,366 coronavirus patients are being treated at hospitals in Ulaanbaatar city and in the rural aimags. And another 4,600 coronavirus patients who are experiencing a mild disease are being treated at home while taking home isolation precautions.
The National Center for Communicable Diseases, the primary healthcare organization in the country responding to the pandemic, also reported five new COVID-19 related deaths, raising the country's death toll to 49. The casualties are COVID-19 patients aged between 34-75 years old, who were staying at hospitals in Ulaanbaatar city and Zavkhan aimag.
Mongolia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on February 23 with administering AstraZeneca vaccines to frontline workers responding to COVID-19, including healthcare employees, emergency management and police officers and the public vaccination was halted between April 10 and April 25 as the country is placed under strict lockdown till April 25.
However, there are 34 vaccination sites are open today, April 19, to give the first or second shot of the AstraZeneca and other vaccines against COVID-19 to 13,836 people in total, such as essential employees and elderlies.