ULAN BATOR, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia reported 1,169 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, raising the nationwide count to 25,364, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Wednesday.
The Asian country added five more deaths in the past day, the NCCD said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 486 more patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, taking the national count to 13,346, according to the NCCD.
Mongolia has been witnessing a COVID-19 surge, reporting around 1,000 COVID-19 infections daily in recent days, mostly in Ulan Bator, home to over half of the country's population.
A nationwide lockdown, aiming at curbing the steep surge in local COVID-19 cases, took effect on April 10 and will last until April 25.
The country's health ministry has proposed extending the current lockdown by at least a week.