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COVID-19: Mongolia to begin mass test in capital


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Mongolia will launch a door-to-door COVID-19 testing campaign on Feb. 11, when a 24-hour, two week length lockdown comes into effect in the capital, the State Emergency Commission, SEC, said on Thursday.

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The planned lockdown period will cover the Lunar New Year and the traditional White Moon festival, during which 280 tracing teams will run a mass test of 420,000 households in the city, the commission said in a statement.

Ulan Bator has become the epicenter of COVID-19, where there is now a high risk of infection, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the National Center for Communicable Diseases Surveillance Department, said.

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She said that as the source of some confirmed cases is yet to be identified, asymptomatic patients are likely walking among the public.

So far, Mongolia has reported 1,890 COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,000 detected in Ulan Bator, home to over half of the country’s 3.3 million population.

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