Mongolia says infected French worker is first patient

World | 10 Mar 2020 11:37 am

Mongolia said today that a French national working in the country has been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, the country's first infected person.

The National Emergency Commission said in a statement the patient, a 57-year-old man, travelled to Mongolia from France and transited through Moscow, the Guardian reports. The government has identified 42 people the patient has met with and another 120 people who had close contact with the patient, who works for Badrakh Energy in southern Dornogovi province and is in stable condition.

Mongolia has suspended all local travel in Dornogovi province, the commission said.

The infection comes despite stringent border and travel controls imposed by Ulaanbaatar to keep out the virus.

Mongolia has halted border crossings from China, imposed travel bans on people from Japan and South Korea until March 11 and suspended schools through end-March.

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