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In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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April 26, 2021 | 07:54

As the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated developed in Cambodia, border guards, police, militias, and even residents in Vietnam’s provinces bordering Cambodia are working day and night to prevent illegal entrants.

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In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Amid the rising Covid-19 threats from Cambodia, Vietnam’s provinces bordering Cambodia are sparing no effort to avert illegal entrants, VTC News reported.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

According to Colonel Nguyen The Anh, Head of the Kien Giang Border Guard Force, the organizers of illegal entry and exit operate really sophisticatedly, with a link between inside and outside the border. They often mingle into the fishing vessels at sea, hence, it’s hard to detect, detain and handle them.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

“They firmly grasp the terrain and use suitable vehicles to each of them. In areas with deep water, they utilize big vehicles. In unfavorable and narrow areas, they use canoes to easily sneak into Vietnam”, Anh said.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Identifying the border control tightening as the foremost priority in Covid-19 fight, whether days with scorching sun, bitter cold, or prolonged rain, the border guard has always been on duty 24/24.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

The border guard is patrolling along the border.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Tung, Head of the border stations at Ha Tien International Border Gate said among 48 Covid-19 checkpoints in Ha Tien Town, only 25 of which were previously built, the remaining are makeshift.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Personnel at the makeshift border stations have encountered many difficulties as the rainy season is coming.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Kien Giang Province has sent more than 100 militias to the border area to support the border guard force.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Militias for the first time taking on duty at the border said it’s sympathy with the hardship of border guard force that motivates them to complete their tasks.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

“Militias has well-coordinated and integrated with the border guard in both mission and daily life”, said Deputy Head of the border stations at Ha Tien International Border Gate Do Thanh Tung.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Apart from the local forces, ones in Kien Giang’s neighboring provinces such as Da Nang and Binh Dinh were also mobilized to help to ramp up the control of the southwestern border.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Along with the patrol and control, the border guard has propagandized for fishermen and residents living along the border about the epidemic situation and tricks of illegal entrants.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

This helps people to raise their vigilance, thereby timely reporting to the functional forces about the illegal entrants.

In Photos: Border guard works day and night to ramp up Southwestern border control
Photo: VTC News

Kien Giang province has also prepared scenarios for the worse cases by establishing field hospitals with 300-500 beds for mild Covid-19 patients and other 50 beds for critically ill ones.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long warned Sunday that Vietnam faces a great risk of imported Covid-19 infections with double mutant variants.

"In the last 24 hours, looking at the Covid-19 situation worldwide and in the region, we are anxious about possible Covid-19 infections from the outside," Long said.

With India recording more than 340,000 new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia confirming more than 600 in the last 24 hours and Laos’s daily tally surpassing Vietnam’s highest of 82 cases on January 28, the health ministry is "very anxious," Long said.

The new "double mutant" variants in India and the U.K. variant in Cambodia that are more transmissible pose a greater risk of community transmissions, according to Vnexpress.

On Sunday, the HCMC Pasteur Institute confirmed that 85.7 percent of infected samples taken from imported Covid-19 cases from Cambodia contain the U.K. variant, and 14.3 percent have the South African variant.

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