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Passengers on board the repatriation flight were minors under 18, elderly people, students with expired visas, pregnant women, the elderly, people with underlying illness, travellers, and others in specially difficult circumstances.
The Vietnamese representative agencies in the countries had helped citizens travel to the airports in London and Frankfurt while the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK and the General Consulate in Germany also sent staff to the airports to assist them with boarding procedures.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, disease prevention measures were carried out during the flight.
As soon as the aircraft landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh, all crew members and passengers underwent medical check-ups and were transferred to quarantine facilities in line with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
More than 80 flights have been operated so far, bringing home safely more than 21,000 Vietnamese citizens from some 50 countries and territories, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang has said at the ministry’s regular press conference on August 6.
Answering questions regarding Vietnam’s plan to fly home its citizens abroad in the context of new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in the country, the spokesperson said that the flights were arranged under the Prime Minister’s instructions, and with the highest determination of competent agencies at home, as well as Vietnam’s representative offices abroad.
Hang emphasised that under Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s instructions, domestic authorities and Vietnamese representative offices abroad are devising plans to bring home more Vietnamese nationals in extremely difficult circumstances based on their needs and the nation’s current quarantine capacity.
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More than 178,000 people who had close contact with patients or returned from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined nationwide, including over 5,000 at hospitals, about 24,000 at concentrated quarantine establishments and nearly 148,500 at home
Hai Duong was the 14th locality in Vietnam that has reported the recurrence of the virus. All 13 other localities where locally transmitted infections have been confirmed were Da Nang, Quang Nam, Dak Lak, Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ngai, Hanoi, Thai Binh, Dong Nai, Ha Nam, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Thanh Hoa, and Quang Tri.
Meanwhile, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has recently been grappling with the complicated developments of the diphtheria outbreak and new COVID-19 cases, forcing the medical sector to redouble effort to contain the epidemics.
According to Dak Lak authorities, the province had recorded three COVID-19 cases by August 6 and 30 positive cases of diphtheria.
By August 7 morning, Vietnam recorded 750 cases and 10 fatalities./.
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