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Can Tho Airport receives over 300 Vietnamese citizens returning from Malaysia

July 22, 2020 | 08:23

Over 300 Vietnamese citizens left stranded in Malaysia due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, were repatriated on a flight operated by Vietnam Airlines that touched down at Can Tho International Airport on July 21.

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can tho airport receives over 300 vietnamese citizens returning from malaysia
The Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia dispatched officials to the airport in an effort to assist citizens with all necessary measures before they boarded the aircraft. Source: VOV

The flight was jointly arranged by relevant agencies of Vietnam, the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and Genting Malaysia Berhad coordinated with competent Malaysian agencies.

The majority of passengers on board the repatriation flight were minors under 18, elderly people, pregnant women, travelers, and other individuals who faced difficult circumstances in Malaysia.

To ensure the safety of the passengers and crew and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the carrier strictly implemented security, safety, and hygiene measures during the flight.

After landing at Can Tho International Airport in the Mekong Delta city of the same name, all passengers and crew members had their health checked and were taken to a concentrated quarantine centre, as Vietnam has been free from community transmission of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 for 96 days in a row since April 16.

However, the country still recorded the rise in the number of imported cases with 12 new infections reported on July 21 morning, according to the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The new patients, comprising two women and 10 men, had been repatriated on Flight VN5062, which departed Russia and transited Belarus before landing at Van Don International Airport in northern Quang Ninh province on July 17.

All of them have been quarantined upon their arrival.

can tho airport receives over 300 vietnamese citizens returning from malaysia
Vietnamese citizens on the flight returning home. Photo: VNA

Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 as of July 21 noon, pushing the number of active cases to 130.

This is the third straight day that total active cases stood above the 100-mark, after staying below that level for 17 days in a row.

With the additional new cases today, the total number of cases recorded in Malaysia to date is 8,815, said health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Of the 15 new cases, 11 were local transmissions and the other four were imported cases, Noor Hisham told a nationally televised media briefing in Putrajaya.

However, no new deaths were recorded, keeping the death toll in the country at 123.

The first case of COVID-19 in Malaysia was detected on 24 January 2020.

Implementing Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s directions, relevant domestic agencies and Vietnamese representative agencies abroad are coordinating to bring Vietnamese citizens home when domestic quarantine capacity permits.

From now to the end of August 2020, the aviation sector will continue working with diplomatic and military agencies to conduct 50 more flights to bring over 13,000 Vietnamese citizens home, VNA reported, citing head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Dinh Viet Thang.

So far, the CAAV has coordinated with airlines to conduct over 60 flights repatriating nearly 16,000 Vietnamese citizens from about 50 countries and territories, Thang told Sai Gon Giai phong newspaper.

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