ULAN BATOR, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia reported 704 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its national tally to 15,718, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Monday.
The latest confirmed cases were locally transmitted, and most of them were detected in the country's capital Ulan Bator, the country's hardest-hit area during the pandemic, the NCCD said in a statement.
Meanwhile, three more deaths and 357 more recoveries were reported, taking the nationwide counts to 30 and 9,516, respectively, the center added.
In recent days, more than 600 COVID-19 infections have been reported on a daily basis in the country, mostly in Ulan Bator, which is home to over half of the country's population of 3.3 million. Domestic transmissions of the virus have been reported in the capital city and 19 of all 21 provinces of the country.
A full nationwide lockdown, which took effect on Saturday and was aimed at curbing the steep surge in local COVID-19 cases, will last until April 25.