COVID-19 Updates (Dec. 15): Vietnam-RoK agreed to short-term entry procedures

South Korea and Vietnam have agreed on quarantine-free procedures for short visits of fewer than 14 days.
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Five imported COVID-19 cases reported in past 24 hours. (Photo: Vietnam Plus)

Five imported COVID-19 cases reported

Five new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the past 24 hours, all of them Vietnamese returning from abroad, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced on December 14 evening.

With the new cases, the national tally now stands at 1,402, of which 693 are locally transmitted. Among the COVID-19 cases in Vietnam, 1,246 have recovered while the fatalities remain at 35. As for those still under treatment, four have tested negative once for SARS-CoV-2, five twice and 11 thrice.

A total of 19,992 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined nationwide, with 209 at hospitals, 15,593 at concentrated facilities, and 4,190 either at home or accommodations.

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Vietnam-RoK agreed to short-term entry procedures. (Photo: VN Express)

Vietnam-RoK agreed to short-term entry procedures

South Korea and Vietnam have agreed on quarantine-free procedures for short visits of fewer than 14 days for the purposes of investment, trade, or diplomacy, according to an announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to arrival, the entrants must obtain a negative Covid-19 test result and will still need to be medically examined and monitored to ensure efficiency in the fight against Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. After their entry into Vietnam or South Korea, the entrants will still have to be tested for the disease and have their health frequently checked. They will only be able to engage in activities approved by the host country’s authorities.

The Vietnamese and South Korean competent agencies will provide detailed guidelines on the eligible entries, requirements, and regulations on the short-term entry procedures between the two sides, according to the ministry, according to VN Express.

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Vietnam donates masks to Myanmar amid an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. (Photo: TG&VN)

Vietnam donates masks to Myanmar amid increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

A batch of 35,000 medical masks have been delivered to Myanmar to aid Mandalay city amid an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, said TG&VN.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at Yangon International Airport on December 12, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Ly Quoc Tuan underscored that the Vietnamese Government and people always think of their friends during hardship, and hoped that Mandalay will soon overcome its pandemic-related difficulties.

The Vietnamese Government previously sent over 90,000 USD, 160,000 medical masks, antiseptic solution, and medical equipment to Myanmar. Vietnamese enterprises in the country also donated more than 25,000 USD and 10,000 face masks. As of December 13, the number of infections in Myanmar stood at 108,342, with 2,268 fatalities.

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