Russia chooses Vietnam and other 12 countries for resuming post COVID-19 flights
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The list of countries that meet epidemiological safety requirements include the UK, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka.
Russian consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on July 10 sent the list to the Transport Ministry of and the Federal Air Transport Agency, TASS quoted the watchdog’s letter.
Earlier, it was reported that the operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus in Russia supported the proposal of the Transport Ministry, the Federal Air Transport Agency and Aeroflot to resume international air traffic in two stages.
"It is possible to consider these countries as candidates for resuming flights at the first stage," the letter says.
The letter also indicates that "Rospotrebnadzor assessed the epidemiological situation in countries in accordance with the criteria" established by the service earlier.
Rospotrebnadzor proposed considering such criteria as ‘the rate of increase in the incidence of a new coronavirus infection over the past 14 days and the prevalence rate of this infection, as well as a possible additional criterion - the incidence rate of a new coronavirus infection over the past 14 days per 100,000 people’.
Since March 27, Russia completely closed its regular and charter international air service, carriers and conducted only special flights for the return of Russians from abroad.
In Russia, the number of COVID-19 infections grew over a day by 6,635 to a total of 713,936, TASS cited the anti-coronavirus crisis center on July 10.
Russia’s COVID-19 death toll grew by 174 in the past 24 hours compared to 176 deaths a day earlier bringing total fatalities to 11,017, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported.
However, the country also has documented 7,752 recoveries from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with the total number of the recovered in the country reaching 489,068, the anti-coronavirus crisis center informed.
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Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vietnam remained at 369 as of 6pm on July 10, with no new cases reported over the past 12 hours, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA) citing the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Vietnam has recorded no community infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, for 85 straight days since April 16.
Among the confirmed cases, 229 were imported and quarantined immediately after arrival.
On July 10, three COVID-19 patients were given the all-clear, raising the total number of recoveries to 350, while there has been no fatality so far.
A six-year-old coronavirus patient was announced to fully recover from the SARS-CoV-2 virus on July 10, bringing the country’s total number of patients recovering from the virus to 348 out of 369 confirmed cases.
The remaining 21 active cases are being treated at hospitals and in stable condition at hospitals across the country./.
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