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Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (Jan 11): Vietnam limits inbound flights until mid-February

January 11, 2021 | 09:16

Vietnam will limit inbound flights from now until the Lunar New Year holiday as new variants of the novel coronavirus spread faster in many countries.

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One imported COVID-19 case recorded. (Photo: Brookings)

One imported COVID-19 case recorded

A 24-year-old Vietnamese woman returning from Japan was the only COVID-19 case recorded in Vietnam over the last 24 hours, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on January 10 evening. The new patient arrived at Tho Xuan airport in the central province of Thanh Hoa on January 8 and was immediately put into quarantine in the locality.

The new case brought the national tally of COVID-19 to 1,514. Among patients under treatment, nine have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, eight twice and eight thrice. The fatalities remain at 35. A total of 17,634 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-affected regions are staying in quarantine nationwide.

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Vietnam limits inbound flights until mid-February. (Photo: Zing News)

Vietnam limits inbound flights until mid-February

Only necessary flights with approval from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Transport can enter the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

After the holiday, which falls February 10-16, the transport ministry will study the possibility of resuming international flights, but limitations will still continue, the Prime Minister said, according to VN Express.

Vietnam stopped commercial flights carrying experts and workers last month and allowed only repatriation flights as the Covid-19 situation got intense globally with a new variant spreading from the U.K. On January 5, the government suspended flights from countries and territories with the new variants, starting with the U.K. and South Africa. All entrants have to go through a 14-day mandatory quarantine except for cases determined differently by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Two more arrested for facilitating the illegal entry of COVID-19 patient No. 1,440. (Photo: VNA)

Two more arrested for facilitating illegal entry of COVID-19 patient No. 1,440

Police in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang said on January 9 that they have arrested two other men to further investigate their role in the illegal entry of COVID-19 patient No. 1,440. The men are 30-year-old Truong Chi Tai and 31-year-old Le Van Dinh, both from An Giang. Previously, 42-year-old Phan Phi Hung, 26-year-old Pham Thanh Hap, and 32-year-old Trang Van Ut, all from An Giang, were detained for the same charge.

According to preliminary investigation results, Hung set up links with people at home and abroad, including Hap, Ut, Tai, and Dinh, in an effort to illegally brought to Vietnam a 33-year-old man, who was later defined as patient No. 1,440, and eight others. Four out of the nine illegal immigrants tested positive for the coronavirus, patients No. 1,440, 1,451, 1,452, and 1,453.

On December 23, 2020, Hung received a phone call from Cambodia informing the arrival in Vietnam of the nine people in the early morning the next day for further traveling to Chau Doc and Ho Chi Minh City. Hung, in turn, called to inform Tai, Dinh, Hap, and Ut and told Ut to find a 7-seat car to carry the group. The case is under further investigation.

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