ULAN BATOR, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia recorded 1,015 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its nationwide tally to 40,396, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Tuesday.
Sixteen of the latest confirmed cases are Indian nationals who have recently arrived in Mongolia on a chartered flight to participate in the implementation of a project, and the remaining ones were domestic infections, the NCCD said in a statement.
Meanwhile, eight more deaths and 1,401 more recoveries were reported, taking the respective tallies to 136 and 24,333, said the center.
The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Mongolia has risen sharply since the beginning of April, hovering around 1,000 cases per day, mostly in the capital city Ulan Bator, which is home to over half of the country's population of 3.3 million.
A full nationwide lockdown, aimed at curbing the steep surge in local COVID-19 cases, took effect on April 10 and will last until Saturday.
The Asian country launched a national vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in late February with an aim to cover at least 60 percent of its total population.
According to the country's health ministry, more than 1,037,600 people have been vaccinated against the virus.