Mongolia’s Small-Country Strategy for Containing COVID-19 – The Diplomat
In East Asia, then, Mongolia so far has the lowest number of infected people with just 11 cases.
The government of Mongolia’s containment strategy is so far working for the country of 3.2 million people.
As early as mid-February, when the new coronavirus was beginning to spread within Chinese borders, the Mongolian government’s strategy was to adopt decisive preventative measures. By canceling the national holiday Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian lunar new year, the country was able to slow travel between Ulaanbaatar and provinces outside the capital. Additionally, Mongolia closed its borders with China and Russia, stopping the inflow and outflow of people, and banned international flights from hotspots like South Korea. These steps have helped immensely to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is imperative for Mongolia to take COVID-19 seriously because of its vulnerability. The scope and the rate of infection of COVID-19 pose a great threat to Mongolia medically, economically, and socially. On the other hand, the Mongolian government was able to quickly mobilize a COVID-19 task force of 832 individuals monitoring 336 checkpoints around the country as early as February 23, 2020.
Mongolia’s small population potentially made it easier to track, locate, and contain the spread of the virus. The government was also able to bring its citizens home from countries like South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and Russia.