Mongolia repatriates 28,200 nationals amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Ulan Bator, Jan. 18, 2021 (Xinhua) Mongolia has repatriated around 28,200 nationals since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

Lkhanaajav Munkhtushig, the Director-General of the Consular Department at the ministry, said this at a news conference in Ulan Bator.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mongolia has evacuated a total of 28,195 nationals on chartered flights, buses or trains from 93 countries across the world,” Munkhtushig said.

“We planned to operate two chartered flights to South Korea this month to repatriate 320 more nationals,” Munkhtushig added.

As of Monday, 8,433 Mongolians living abroad have expressed their wish to return home, according to the official.

Mongolia entered a heightened state of readiness in February 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the suspension of international passenger flights.

The land-locked Asian country has reported a total of 1,526 COVID-19 cases, among which more than 1,100 were locally transmitted.

The country, with a population of 3.3 million, has so far recorded two COVID-19 deaths since its first case was confirmed in March.

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