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Ministry of Public Security: 177 illegal Chinese immigrants uncovered since June

07:24 | 04/08/2020

Many Vietnamese and Chinese have been arrested for illegally entering Vietnam in recent days. Since June, local public security forces and border guards have uncovered 21 cases involving 177 illegal Chinese immigrants.

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Chief of the Office of the Ministry of Public Security and spokesman, Maj. Gen. To An Xo at the event. Photo: VNA)

Chief of the Office of the Ministry of Public Security and spokesman, Maj. Gen. To An Xo answered questions on issues related to public security under its State management, during the regular Government press conference in Hanoi on August 3, VNA reported.

About recent illegal entry of the Chinese, Xo said after COVID-19 broke out again, the ministry asked units and localities to seriously follow the Prime Minister’s Directives No.16 and No.19 and guideline documents on pandemic prevention and control, including inspection of immigration at border gates and international airports, especially at localities with trails and open roads.

The ministry also requested ensuring absolute safety of concentrated quarantine areas, thus keeping front-line forces from infections.

According to him, illegal entries were mostly made by Chinese natives and Vietnamese workers who worked in neighbouring countries without contracts. Due to continuous natural disasters and the pandemic outbreak in China, they entered Vietnam to seek jobs while some tried to find way to Cambodia for gambling.

Since the beginning of this year, 504 Chinese have been found to illegally enter Vietnam in 27 out of the 63 localities. Since June, local public security forces and border guards have uncovered 21 cases involving 177 illegal Chinese immigrants, and launched criminal proceedings against 19 Vietnamese and several Chinese in five cases, he said.

He also suggested issuing suitable policies for illegal Vietnamese immigrants, most of them illegal workers in China.

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Staff of Si Ma Cai border post of the northern border province of Lao Cai inspect border area. Photo: VNA

Wave of illegal entry?

COVID-19 prevention in Vietnam is now entering a difficult and complicated period, with the growing number of COVID-19 cases showing no signs of stopping. Plus, the number of people attempting to illegally cross the border into Vietnam increase sharply in recent weeks. Border guards have immediately tightened border inspections and patrols all day and night in an attempt to detect and prevent those illegal entrants.

The Border Guard Command has set up eight task forces to oversee disease prevention and control at border areas such as Lang Son and Lai Chau. The command has increased the number of personnel at the front lines at main border gates.

On August 3, border guards of Tan Thanh post in Lang Son, arrested 10 men and 15 women at border markers in Tan Thanh commune, Van Lang district.

At border gates in Lang Son, for instance, 103 guards have been added. After the lunar New Year holiday, tents were set up along border guard stations to prevent illegal entry, and more than 100 people connected to illegal entries have been detained.

The Si Ma Cai border post of the northern border province of Lao Cai recently also detained nine people, four women and five men, while they were crossing the border river to Vietnam illegally, head of the post, Major Ta Binh Nguyen said on August 3.

The group said they had illegally crossed the border into China before the lunar New Year earlier this year. They were detained by Chinese authorities in July but escaped back to Vietnam on August 2.

The post imposed administrative fines on them and sent them to quarantine center under the Government’s requirements.

The officer added that so far this year, the post has detained more than 700 people who illegally enter Vietnam from China.

In the southern province of Tay Ninh, authorities caught one Vietnamese and seven Chinese in Ben Cau district on August 2 night. They were also tested and quarantined later.

Earlier on July 30, three Vietnamese and eight Chinese were also arrested in Ben Cau district.

More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.

Chinese officials said early in the outbreak that the virus may have spread from a market in the city, which sold live and wild animals, but no further confirmation of that has been revealed.

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