Entry restrictions remained until April end due to COVID-19

Vietnam has gone 24 hours straight without recording any fresh Covid-19 infection to Friday morning April 17. However, PM requests no looseness of entry restrictions until April 30.
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Entry restrictions shall continue to be implemented until April 30 to prevent COVID-19 (Photo: chinhphu)

Government portal informed that under the announcement, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Security to continue tightening entry control.

The Government shall continue to temporarily halt visa issuance to all foreigners, except for those who are entrants for diplomatic or official purposes, experts, highly skilled workers, international investors.

The Ministry of Transport shall continue reduce incoming international flights to Viet Nam as well as domestic flights, the Government chief ordered.

He demanded authorities strictly fine those deliberately violate regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.

As the pandemic has still evolved complicatedly across the world while community transmission risk remains in the nation, the Government chief authorities at all levels to continue staying vigilant in the fight against the virus.

On April 15, PM Phuc decided to extend social distancing until April 22 or April 30 depending on specific situation and may be further extended, in 12 high-risk localities, namely Ha Noi, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City and Tay Ninh, and Ha Tinh.

Social distancing shall also be extended to April 22 for 15 localities in the second group, namely Binh Duong, Can Tho, Dong Nai, Ha Nam, Hai Phong, Kien Giang, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Thai Nguyen, Thua Thien-Hue, Soc Trang, Lang Son, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Dong Thap, and Ha Giang.

Entry restrictions remained until April end due to COVID-19
Patients discharged from Quang Ninh hospital on April 14. (Photo by the hospital)

With no new case confirmed Friday morning, Vietnam has gone 24 hours straight without recording any fresh Covid-19 infection.

The national tally has stayed 268 since Thursday morning. Of these 177 have been discharged from hospitals and among the 91 active cases, 19 have tested negative twice and 14 once, a Health Ministry communiqué said Friday morning.

Of the total number of infections confirmed in the country, around 40 percent were cases of community transmission, while the rest were those coming into Vietnam from other countries.

Phuc also tasked the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control to evaluate the readiness capacity of localities in dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, especially border provinces and provide guidelines for formation of fast-response teams in all 63 provinces and cities.

He requested the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Defense to intensify the direction of ensuring security and order, especially on the occasion of the country's reunification (April 30) and international labor day (1-5). Ministries, branches and localities shall strictly handle cases of violations of disease prevention regulations.

Continuing to enhance activities of online meetings, online learning, online payment; officials encouragement to work from home determined by ministers, presidents of People's Committees of provinces and central cities, heads of other state agencies in detail to ensure smooth, quality and properly planned work, especially those work with a prescription and a deadline.

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