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Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On March 1, Deputy Prime Minister S.Amarsaikhan held a meeting with the working group in charge of conducting risk assessments on infection control, safety, and possible risks at border checkpoints.
The Government of Mongolia is currently working towards the objective of opening the border from May 1. In its framework, Deputy PM S.Amarsaikhan had obliged specialists to conduct risk assessments on COVID-19 infection control at border checkpoints as well as for possible risks at the locations. Thus, a working group led by Deputy Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs, Brigadier General S.Baatarjav has carried out works, developing emergency plans in three areas. They are also currently preparing to organize drills and exercises at the border checkpoints for COVID-19 countermeasures, alongside defining methods to mitigate risks.
Having used the risk assessment tool developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to identify risks at Buyant-Ukhaa checkpoint and Chinggis Khaan airport as well as the border checkpoints of Zamiin-Uud and Altanbulag, the working group introduced that works are planned to be carried out in the framework of short-, mid-, and long-term objectives.
During the meeting, the Deputy PM also noted the importance of reflecting safety measures in the plan for reopening border checkpoints and resuming regular operations, with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization.