The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Khuresukh Ukhnaa has tabled his resignation to parliament following protests in the capital Ulaanbaatar about the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His resignation camenin barely a day after thousands of Mongolians protested in the capital over what they said was the heavy-handed treatment of a Covid-19-infected mother and her newborn baby. It was learnt that the woman was transferred from a maternity hospital to a quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients together with the newborn baby on Tuesday night.
The protest was staged by the woman wearing only slippers and no outerwear in the cold weather during the transfer.
The state news agency Montsame, reported that Ukhnna’s decision to resign is to be discussed at a parliamentary faction of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party. After that, it will be addressed at a session of the parliament.
After being lauded for its handling of Covid-19 in the initial stages, Mongolia has recently been battling an outbreak caused by an infected driver entering from Russia.