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|The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Epidemic Prevention and Control convenes a meeting on Friday morning to discuss the latest developments of the epidemic in the world. Photo: VGP|
This is part of the Vietnamese Government’s measures to contain the spread of the epidemic to Viet Nam and minimize negative impacts of the epidemic on the economy and the society.The decision was announced on Friday morning at the meeting of the Steering Committee for CODID-19 Epidemic Prevention and Control.
All incoming travelers from South Korea or have travel record to South Korea shall be subjected to mandatory 14-day isolation, said the Committee.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the number of flights between Vietnam and South Korea has decreased significantly due to the reduction of passengers and most of the domestic airlines are considering temporary suspension of flights between the two countries.
The Steering Committee also urged all local authorities to carry out mandatory 14-day quarantine for nationals of Iran and Italy entering Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who leads the Committee, tasked competent authorities to strictly control the borderlines and incoming travelers and implement drastic measures for early detection and isolation of those suspected of contracting the virus.
In South Korea alone, the number of confirmed cases of the virus surpassed 2,000 on Friday as the nation aggressively counters the fast-spreading virus with massive testing, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Korean health authorities have renewed calls for its citizens to increase social distancing and avoid mass gatherings such as religious ones over the weekend.
The 256 new cases brought the nation's total infections to 2,337, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
So far, 13 people have died in South Korea from the virus that emerged in China./.