ULAN BATOR, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The number of foreign visitors to Mongolia in the first quarter this year plummeted by 90.2 percent from a year ago due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, official data released by the country's National Statistics Office (NSO) showed Monday.
In the January-March period, Mongolia received a total of only 4,024 foreign visitors, the NSO said.
The sharp decline in foreign visitors is directly related to the prolonged measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, according to experts with the statistical office.
Mongolia suspended international passenger flights in mid-February 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Asian country is planning to reopen its air border from May 1 to resume international passenger flights, according to the government.
So far, the country has registered 15,718 COVID-19 cases, with 30 related deaths.