The Government of Mongolia took early action in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China. In late January, the Government imposed stringent measures including closing schools and restricting public meetings, movements and banning of all international flights, road and rail passenger traffic. Which Mongolia extended the high alert state until the end of 2020. As of 04 Nov, 352 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19, all of whom are imported cases of which 314 have recovered. There is no community transmission to date. Many of restrictions are still valid and expected to stay in place for an extended period. Student holiday starts early on Dec 18 and will continue until Feb 1st. In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak, the government is prepared to reinitiate online schooling. Government decided to release the domestic restrictions and to continue monthly child allowance until June 2021. Daily life in Mongolia has gradually returned to resembling that of pre-COVID-19 conditions
Though the virus is not widespread in the Mongolia, the extensive prevention measures are resulting in significant economic and social impact, especially on vulnerable groups. On a brief released by ADB on 6th March 2020, on the economic impact on Asia of COVID-19, Mongolia is listed as the 6th economy in the region that will most likely be affected in a moderate case scenario, followed by China. Asian Development Outlook 2020 introduced a new estimation of Mongolia’s economic growth in 2020 and anticipated a reduction of -2.6% from initial projection of 6%. ADB estimates economic growth to recover in 2021 as regional economies rebound resulting in economic growth projection in 2021 to be at 5,1%.
* As of 04 November, 2020