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Compulsory health declaration for all incoming travellers

19:45 | 06/03/2020

All people coming to Vietnam will have to declare their health beginning 6 am on March 7, according to the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control meet in Hanoi on March 6.

The decision was made at the committee's meeting on Friday morning amid ongoing rising of COVID-19 infections and fatalities across the world.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is head of the Committee, called for simplified health declaration procedures to make it more convenient for incoming travellers.

Besides declaring on the forms issued by the Ministry of Health at the local airports, visitors to Vietnam can also make it online before their trip at website http://suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte.

Reports from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health showed that 1,908 people were tested negative for the COVID-19 in Vietnam as of 7:30 pm on Thursday, up 78 cases from Wednesday.

The ministry also said 68 suspected cases were being quarantined to prevent the possible spread of the virus, down 24 cases on the previous day.

In addition, the nation is monitoring 14,241 people due to close links with suspected cases and or coming from COVID-19 affected areas, a decrease of 1,950 from a day earlier, according to the ministry.

Though no new infections have been reported since February 13, the Vietnamese government still considers controlling the epidemic a top priority.

At a meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called for more drastic attitude towards prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak as it has spread to at least 86 countries and territories with more than 97,000 confirmed cases, including 3,358 fatalities.

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