ULAN BATOR, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) on Sunday confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,429.
"A total of 22,993 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, and 21 of them tested positive," Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the surveillance department of the NCCD, said at a daily press conference.
Twenty of the latest confirmed cases were locally transmitted, and the remaining patient was a serviceman of the Mongolian Armed Forces who had recently returned home from Afghanistan, said Ambaselmaa.
More than two-thirds of the COVID-19 infections in Mongolia were locally transmitted. The country confirmed its first locally transmitted case in November.
The Asian country with a population of 3.3 million has so far registered two COVID-19-related deaths and 896 recoveries. Enditem