Over 500 citizens flown home from abroad as Vietnam reports two more COVID-19 related deaths

More than 500 Vietnamese citizens from 24 European and African countries as well as Thailand were brought home on two special flights. 
August 02, 2020 | 18:12
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over 500 citizens flown home from abroad as vietnam reports two more covid 19 deaths
Illustrative image. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei

Nearly 280 Vietnamese citizens from 24 European and African countries were brought home on August 2, with their flight landing at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The flight was arranged by Vietnamese and French authorities, and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

Passengers included children under 18, the elderly, pregnant women, people with illness, students without accommodation, stranded tourists, and labourers with expired contracts and visas.

Right after landing at the airport, all the passengers were given health check-ups and then sent to quarantine areas in accordance with current regulations.

Also on August 2, more than 230 Vietnamese citizens in Thailand were brought home on a flight organised by Vietnamese and Thai authorities and budget carrier Vietjet Air.

Despite surging infections, domestic authorities and Vietnamese overseas representative offices, under Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s recent instructions, are making plans to bring home more Vietnamese nationals based on their needs and the nation’s current quarantine capacity.

over 500 citizens flown home from abroad as vietnam reports two more covid 19 deaths
Strict security, safety and hygiene measures were enforced by the carrier during the flight to protect the passengers’ health and prevent COVID-19 transmission. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei

On the same day, two more COVID-19 patients in Vietnam died due to related complications, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said.

The latest deaths are an 86-year-old woman from Quang Nam province and an 83-year-old woman from Da Nang. Both had underlying health conditions.

The 86-year-old was suffering from chronic kidney failure and heart problems. The cause of death has been announced as acute respiratory failure, multi-organ failure with COVID-19 infection.

Meanwhile, the 83-year-old died from acute coronary syndrome, cholecystitis, polyarthritis, hypertension and COVID-19 infection.

In total, five fatalities have been reported since July 31. All the deaths have occurred to patients with serious health conditions.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed an additional four positive coronavirus cases in Vietnam, including two related to central Da Nang city and two returning from Russia, taking the total tally of COVID-19 ìnections in Vietnam to 590.

The number of new cases relating to the outbreak in Da Nang since July 25 rising to 144, and 373 having fully recovered from the virus.

According to the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, as many as 200 active patients are being treated at medical establishments nationwide, including 14 having tested negative for the virus once or at least twice.

Since the reoccurrence of the novel coronavirus in the community on July 25, Da Nang has recorded 104 cases, becoming a coronavirus hotspot in the nation.

The central Quang Nam province has detected 26 cases, HCM City eight, Hanoi two, central Quang Ngai province two and northern Thai Binh and Central Highlands' Dak Lak provinces one each, with all cases being linked back to Da Nang./.

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