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Vietnam repatriates 360 citizens from Singapore

March 08, 2021 | 15:05

360 Vietnamese nationals touched down at Can Tho International Airport on a repatriation flight from Singapore on Sunday.

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The returnees include children under 18 years of age, sick people, and others under special difficulties. All passengers and flight crew members are fully equipped with face masks, protective gear while strictly following anti-pandemic measures.

Upon arrival, they underwent medical check-ups and were immediately transferred to quarantine facilities in Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang province in line with regulations relating to COVID-19 prevention and control.

“There have been many repatriation flights to overseas Vietnamese’s wishes, all meet anti-pandemic standards”, Colonel Phan Van Chuong, deputy director of the Logistics Department of Military Zone No 9, was quoted by VOV. “The personnel in charge of driving returnees to quarantine centers also self-isolate at the workplace. Transporting vehicles are carefully disinfected immediately after each travel”.

On March 6, Can Tho International Airport also welcomed a flight to bring home as many as 300 Vietnamese citizens from Malaysia, and all the passengers were put in quarantine in concentrated isolation facilities according to COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

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Returnees are trasferred to quarantine zone (Photo: VOV)

Earlier in October 2020, another 360 Vietnamese citizens were repatriated from Singapore on two Pacific Airlines flights. The flights were arranged by Vietnamese authorities, the Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore, Pacific Airlines, and agencies in Singapore.

The passengers included children under 18, elderly persons, persons with health problems, and individuals in difficult circumstances. The Vietnamese Embassy sent staff to the airport to help passengers complete procedures before boarding, according to VOV.

Last May, a Vietnam Airlines flight Sunday repatriated 344 Vietnamese citizens from Singapore, the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in Southeast Asia at that time.

Flight VN650 flight landed at the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho airport Sunday afternoon, with passengers including pregnant women, the elderly, youth under 18, people suffering illnesses, and workers or tourists whose visas had expired, according to a Vietnam Foreign Ministry release.

From 6 pm on March 7 to 6 am on March 8, Vietnam did not record any new cases of COVID-19. Vietnam recorded 3 new COVID-19 infections over the past 12 hours to 6 pm on March 7, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The new cases included 2 imported who were quarantined in Bac Ninh province right after their arrival and one in Hai Duong province.

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