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UNFPA Mongolia Newsletter #15 September and October 2021

By the end of October, the government-led vaccination drive and safety protocols in place saw the number of new confirmed cases decrease by 20%. However, the number of death did not decline. This means that Mongolia still has a high level of infection driven by community transmission. Since the Ministry of Health only reports cases confirmed by PCR tests, the total cases of COVID-19 tend to be under-reported with the exclusion of cases detected by the rapid tests under family group practitioners. Between July to August, the case fatality rate increased from 0.06% to 0.4% as of October 25, 2021. The augmentation of chronic diseases caused 77.3% of deaths by the COVID-19 infection, and 22.7% are caused by COVID-19 complications, and around 13.6 % of all hospitalized cases are patients in severe to critical conditions. As of October 22, 2021, 7,801 cases (2.2% of all confirmed cases) of coronavirus infection were reported among health care workers, and 63.9 % of them were infected in hospital settings while performing the duties.