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COVID-19: Over 200 stranded workers in Uzbekistan to be brought home soon

06:42 | 25/07/2020

Over 200 Vietnamese workers who have been left stranded in Uzbekistan due to the impact of the COVID-19 will be brought home soon, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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A flight bringing home Vietnamese citizens. Photo: VNA

According to VNA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a working session on July 24 with relevant ministries, agencies and the company that sent Vietnamese workers to Uzbekistan to discuss measures to support and bring the stranded labourers home as soon as possible.

Earlier, the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia received a letter by representatives of 226 Vietnamese employees who are working for China Petroleum Jili Chemical Engineering and Construction Co.,Ltd (JCC) in Karshi city, Uzbekistan.

In the letter, the workers said they are facing difficulties in daily activities, working and COVID-19 prevention and control, and called for help from the embassy to soon return home.

Right after learning about the information, the Consular Department under the foreign ministry coordinated with the embassy and the company that sent the workers to Uzbekistan to clarify the case.

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Passengers from African countries of Ivory Coast, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Lebanon, Tanzania and Guine Conark, and the Europe arrive at Da Nang International Airport on July 24. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy

From April 10 to July 16, Vietnam organised 55 flights bringing 13,323 citizens home from overseas in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.

Authorities and health facilities are on alert as the country’s imported cases continued to rise.

A Myanmar sailor on board IPANEMA ship has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing Vietnam’s total number of coronavirus cases to 413, the Ministry of Health reported on July 24 evening.

IPANEMA left Japan June 16 and docked at Hon Gai port of Quang Ninh province on June 23.

The 31-year-old man was quarantined right on board the ship as soon as the ship entered the Vietnamese port.

He is the second Myanmar sailor boarding on that ship contracted with the virus after the first cased was confirmed on July 19.

Da Nang International Airport has been used for the past weeks to receive flights repatriating Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-10 pandemic and bringing foreign specialists to Vietnam. However, after a suspect case with the SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in the city on July 24, the decision was made so that the city can focus on epidemic prevention and control before reopening its skies for international flights.

The suspect case, a 57-year-old Vietnamese man, was said to have tested positive for the virus three times, and doctors are awaiting the results to be confirmed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

If the test is confirmed, this is the first locally-transmitted infection case Vietnam has detected after 99 days in a row.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan confirmed 193 new coronavirus cases by 5:00 pm of July 24, according to akipress.com. The total number of confirmed cases reached 19,179.

54 patients recovered from coronavirus so far, bringing the total number of recoveries to 10,203 with 8,872 patients still receive treatment./.

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