Bringing stranded Vietnamese citizens in Equatorial Guinea home immediately
|PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs a meeting with the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Photo: VGP|
Speaking at a working session with the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi on July 10, Phuc requested ministries and relevant departments to actively bring home Vietnamese citizens who are stranded abroad.
He also urged relevant agencies to work to receive foreign experts and skilled workers who wish to enter Vietnam, as well as to send Vietnamese labourers to work abroad.
Major destinations he suggested include Tokyo of Japan, Seoul of the Republic of Korea, Guangzhou of China, Taipei of Taiwan (China), Vientiane of Laos and Phnom Penh of Cambodia.
Emphasising the determination to prevent community transmission, the PM specified that strict border management and implementation of quarantine measures must continue as the risk of infections among the community remains.
Concentrated quarantine facilities in localities must be under close scrutiny to avoid cross transmission, said the PM, adding that these facilities need to be enlarged to ensure they are capable of accommodating at least 10,000 people.
So far, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has closely worked with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport to conduct 55 flights carrying nearly 14,000 Vietnamese citizens back to Vietnam safe and sound.
|Quick test of COVID-19. Photo: VNA|
The PM asked the Foreign Ministry, Vietnamese embassies and representative offices abroad, to work with foreign governments to increase the number of rescue flights and reopen commercial flights, stressed the need of a rescue flight to bring home Vietnamese citizens stuck in Equatorial Guinea immediately.
He agreed on the establishment of safety areas at some border gates for foreigners to come for negotiating and signing relevant contracts.
Over the past few days, relevant Vietnamese agencies have detected and quarantined tens of Vietnamese people and several Chinese citizens who attempted to illegally cross the border to Vietnam. These unchecked people are likely to put the community at risk if they carry the virus, said the PM.
The Ministry of Education and Training was tasked to work with universities, especially those having linkages with foreign counterparts, to receive students to Vietnam, with priority given to Lao and Cambodian students.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vietnam remained at 369 as of 6pm on July 10, with no new cases reported over the past 12 hours, according to the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Vietnam has gone through 85 days in a row without new COVID-19 infections among the community since April 16. Among the total 369 cases so far, 350 have given all-clear, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Currently, remaining COVID-19 patients are being treated at hospitals across the country.
More than 12,920 people who had close contacts with COVID-19 patients or came from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine across the country./.
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