Mongolia receives WHO medical supplies to fight COVID-19

2020-11-16 14:35:49 GMT2020-11-16 22:35:49(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia has received 96,000 U.S. dollars worth of COVID-19 medical supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO), the country's health ministry said Monday.

The supplies, which included medicines, protective suits and breathing ventilators, aimed to help the country in its fight against the pandemic, the ministry said in a statement.

Sergey Diorditsa, the WHO Representative in Mongolia, and Togtmol Munkhsaikhan, Mongolian health minister, handed over the supplies to the National Center for Communicable Diseases and the Central Military Hospital, the ministry said.

The WHO will provide "all possible support" to Mongolia in overcoming the pandemic "with minimal loss," said Diorditsa.

Mongolia on Sunday extended a nationwide lockdown to contain the pandemic for two weeks until Dec. 1. The earlier lockdown was imposed after the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case of local transmission, involving the wife of a 29-year-old infected transport driver.

As of Monday, the Asian country has recorded 431 COVID-19 cases, including over 20 locally transmitted ones, with no deaths. Enditem