These are the first pictures of Western tourists trapped in a city under lockdown due to a deadly outbreak of bubonic plague.
The travellers in Mongolia are shown on a video singing a song to keep up their spirits amid claims they have been prevented from leaving Uglii due to the Black Death bacterial disease which killed a husband and his pregnant wife.
Reports in Russia say American, Dutch, German, Swedish, Swiss, and South Korean tourists are marooned in the city.
The authorities in western Mongolia – close to the Russian frontier – have instituted a quarantine regime to prevent the spread of bubonic plague.
A group of foreign tourists are pictured having dinner at a hotel in Uglii, Mongolia where they are under quarantine after an outbreak of bubonic plague killed a man and his pregnant wife
The group of Dutch, Swiss, Swedish, South Korean and German tourists are pictured wearing masks at their hotel
The tourists – seen wearing face masks when outside – are barred from leaving Uglii, population 28,000, and remain at a local hotel.
Footage emerged of an international group happily singing a Swedish song to keep up their spirits with a feast during the plague – but it is known they have pleaded with the Mongolian authorities to tell them when they can depart.
Separately, dramatic pictures from capital Ulaanbaatar have shown at least one aircraft being met by anti-contamination emergency workers in a bid to prevent spread of the disease.
The tragic Mongolian couple who died from the plague got infected after eating the raw kidneys of a marmot, it is understood.
The authorities in western Mongolia – close to the Russian frontier – have instituted a quarantine regime to prevent the spread of bubonic plague
The man named Citizen T, aged 38, died on 27 April after hunting and eating a marmot, then his pregnant wife, 37, died three days later.
Russian tourists told of the lockdown preventing the international travellers from leaving.
‘The city is closed due to some plague-contaminated marmots,’ wrote traveler Elena Kovena from Kemerovo in Siberia. This is just so surreal.’
She said: ‘Did you think that the plague was something from the Dark Ages? Us too.
‘We were just about to leave Ulgii to go deeper into Mongolia, but all exits of the city were shut and we were not allowed to leave.’
The tourists have been told they could be stuck for up to 21 days, reported
‘We were told to wait for updates on Monday, 6 May,’ said one named as Timur Konev.
Sanitary services in Russia’s Altai and Tuva provinces that neighbour Mongolia are on high alert after the outbreak
From a local hotel, he said: ‘Six nationalities got together earlier today to plan the escape route.
‘We spoke to local administration, to local police, but they didn’t allow us out.’
Neighbouring regions of Russia were said to be on ‘high alert’.
In Uglii a total of 158 people who came directly or indirectly into contact with the couple are ‘under supervision’.
The plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots.
The disease can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organisation.
The plague is believed to be the cause of the Black Death that spread through Asia, Europe and Africa in the 14th century, killing an estimated 50 million people.