Global Press Journal Opens in Mongolia as Coronavirus Spreads Through Asia
The organization launched bureaus around the country just before COVID-19 concerns led officials to close schools and cancel public activities. It didn’t stop our reporters.View Team
Published March 21, 2020
Global Press Journal opened six independent news bureaus in Mongolia just before the new coronavirus surged through neighboring China. Mongolia was among the first countries to secure borders, suspend public transportation and close educational institutions. Officials have confirmed 10 cases, most from recent government-chartered flights to return stranded citizens to Mongolia. Schools, from kindergartens to universities, will remain closed through April.
Map at top: China, where the coronavirus originated, has more than 81,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization. As of March 21, Mongolia’s Ministry of Health reports 10 confirmed cases.
Global Press Journal in Mongolia
A local cooperative helps herders capitalize on a common Mongolian resource: yaks. Workers spin their soft undercoats into wool as soft as cashmere – and consumers around the world are taking notice.
Did you know? Global media coverage of Mongolia is minimal. Most of it falls into three often-stereotypical categories: nomadic culture, mining and pollution.
Mongolia has one of the world’s highest alcoholism rates. At least one province recently banned the sale and service of alcohol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But increasing community initiatives are creating longer-term solutions through employment and support to people trying to get sober.
Did you know? Nearly half of Mongolia’s 3.2 million residents live in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Global Press Journal operates news bureaus in six parts of the country, from the capital to the Gobi Desert.
Mongolia has temporarily closed schools in hopes of preventing a coronavirus outbreak. But students have faced another health crisis for much longer – insufficient nutrition in school meals. Will a long-overdue increase in the country’s school nutrition budget do anything to help?
Did you know? Free access to unbiased information in Mongolia is rare. The majority of the country’s 434 media outlets are politically affiliated.