Mongolia bans New Year celebrations amid pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-04 16:15:54|Editor: huaxia

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Mongolian government on Wednesday decided not to publicly celebrate the upcoming New Year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The government decided not to widely celebrate the New Year nor organize public activities. The decision is part of the efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," Deputy Prime Minister Yangu Sodbaatar said at a press conference.

New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in Mongolia and almost all public and private organizations in the country hold parties with plenty of food and alcoholic drinks at restaurants, night clubs and bars in December to welcome the new year.

As of Wednesday, Mongolia has reported a total of 352 COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported.

No local transmissions or deaths have been reported in Mongolia so far. Enditem