As of October 31, 2020, the country has 346 cases of COVID19 with 313 treated and recovered, and with 33 patients in the National Center for Communicable Diseases. There are 3,212 people in mandatory quarantine, total number of tests that have been carried out since the outbreak of COVID-19 are 89,325.
Funds required: $2,015,777.5
Funds mobilized: $2,015,777.5
Funding gap: $0 UNFPA
Mongolia Country Office’s (CO) estimated funds required for the COVID-19 response for 2020 is $2,015,777.5. To date, the CO has successfully mobilized a total of $2,015,777.5 from core and non-core resources for the COVID-19 response and there is no funding gap for 2020. Funds from non-core resources include funding from the Luxembourg Cooperation ($392,547.47), Rio Tinto LLC ($602,000), the Government of Japan –as part of the agreement between UNFPA and UNICEF – ($80,000), the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund ($100,000), the Swiss Development Cooperation ($100,000), and UNFPA Regular Resources ($60,000). Reprogrammed funding for the COVID-19 response includes funding from UNFPA Regular Resources ($92,231.29), from the private sector ($79,465), from Gobi Oyu Development Support Fund ($10,000), and from the Swiss Development Cooperation ($499,533.75).
GOVERNMENT, UNITED NATIONS AND STAKEHOLDERS’ RESPONSE
Since 28 January 2020, the Mongolian Government has repatriated 26,335 citizens from 81 countries around the world. Some 19,754 have been flown in by 100 repatriation charter flights and 6,581 have come overland. On 28 October, the Mongolian Government issued the following directives
- to extend the partial undertaking of high-alert preparedness through December 31,2020
- to temporarily suspend entry of all passengers through all border checkpoints of Mongolia until December 31, 2020
On 30 October, the Cabinet called for an irregular meeting and decided to close two border checkpoints with the Russian Federation – Borshoo in Uvs province and Tsagaanuur in Bayan-Ulgii province – for 21 days, starting from 2 November. The increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases among freight truck drivers, which has currently reached 30, who arrive through these border checkpoints from the Russian Federation informed this decision. These border checkpoints are used for freight transportation of staple foods, petroleum products and animal fodder.
Parliament has set up a Standing Committee on Innovation and ICT to support the Government Digital transformation initiative as part of the COVID-19 response.