Mongolia will suspend the delivery of coal to China until March 2, the state-run Montsame News Agency reported, citing the country’s State Emergency Commission.
The decision was made after China reported two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus close to its border crossings with Mongolia.
Coal is Mongolia’s main export commodity, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. In the first 10 months of 2019, Mongolia earned US$2.75 billion from its coal exports to China.
Mongolia has so far not reported any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. A total of 32 Mongolian citizens were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in early February.
Measures in Mongolia: The country also closed all schools until March 2, and implemented other preventative safety measures like canceling public gatherings and certain border crossings.