ULAN BATOR, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia brought back 257 nationals from Japan on a chartered flight Friday, the country's State Emergency Commission (SEC) said Saturday.
The special flight from Tokyo to Ulan Bator, which landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Friday night, carried pregnant women, seniors, children, students, disabled and sick people, and those with financial and other problems, the SEC said, adding that they will be isolated at designated facilities for 21 days.
Following its suspension of international commercial flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mongolia has brought home more than 16,000 nationals by chartered flights, buses or trains from different parts of the world so far, according to the commission.
Mongolia is expected to send at least 14 special flights this month to COVID-19-hit countries to bring home more nationals.
As of Saturday, Mongolia has reported a total of 293 COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported.
No local transmissions or deaths have been reported in the Asian country so far.