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Vietnam: Additional hundreds of citizens return from overseas; five new case, no local infections

September 10, 2020 | 06:44

As many as 510 citizens from France, Morocco, Chile and Taiwan (China) were flown home on September 9 while Vietnam reported five new imported COVID-19 cases.

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Vietnam: Additional 510 citizens return from overseas; five new case, no local infections for 7 days
At a concentrated quarantine establishment in Ba Ria - Vung Tau (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam’s competent agencies and embassies in France, Morocco and Chile, Vietnam Airlines, and authorised agencies of the three host nations have coordinated to arrange a flight to repatriate close to 280 citizens while the flight carrying 230 citizens from Taiwan was arranged by the Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnam Economic-Cultural Office in Taipei, budget Vietjet Air and Taiwanese authorities.

Passengers are mostly the elderly, pregnant women, workers with expired labour contracts, those suffering from underlying diseases and labour injuries, students who concluded their curricula, travellers and other especially disadvantaged cases.

After landing at airports, passengers and crewmembers received health check-up. They then were sent to concentrated quarantine facilities in line with regulations.

On the evening of the same day, Vietnam confirmed five new imported cases, according to the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

They all are returnees on Flight VN28 from Ukraine on September 1. After arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, they were put under quarantine in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, therefore posing no risk to the community, the ministry assured.

Vietnam has so far recorded 1059 infection cases, 691 of them are locally-transmitted.

Also on September 9, 21 patients were given the all-clear from the virus, including 10 in Da Nang, four in Hanoi, four in Quang Nam, two in Bac Lieu and one in Dak Lak.

Among patients under treatment at medical establishments, 16 tested negative once, 13 twice and 21 others thrice.

The country also recorded 35 fatalities related to COVID-19, most of them suffered serious underlying diseases.

Vietnam: Additional 510 citizens return from overseas; five new case, no local infections for 7 days
Vietnamese citizens waiting at an airport in Taiwan. Photo: VNA

In the near future, similar flights will be arranged, considering domestic pandemic situation and quarantine capacity.

As many as 37,474 people nationwide who had close contact with patients or entered from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine, 834 of them are in hospitals, 13,365 in other establishments and 23,274 at homes.

In Da Nang, the epicentre of the second COVID-19 wave has gone 13 days with no new cases recorded in the community.

Meanwhile, according to the Center for Disease Control in Ho Chi Minh City, in order to control the risk of local infection, all people who left the central city of Da Nang city from September 5 for Ho Chi Minh City need to have their samples taken for testing. Each person will have a sample taken once.

Sampling will be conducted at airports for those traveling by plane from September 8. For those who come to Ho Chi Minh City by other means must carry out medical declarations at locations notified by local medical centres./.

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