Vietnamese working in Korea to receive free COVID-19 test

From March 15 to 22, Vietnamese employees working in Korea, including those who are illegally residing, will receive free COVID-19 tests if they have symptoms of infection.
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From March 15 to 22, Vietnamese employees working in Korea, including those who are illegally residing, will receive free COVID-19 tests if they have symptoms of infection. (Photo: Vietnam Plus)

Center for Oversea Labor (Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs) has just announced that Vietnamese employees aboard will be allowed to enjoy free COVID-19 tests. Notably, illegal residents can also join the test and will not be arrested while coming to testing.

Accordingly, Korea's Ministry of Justice informed that expats living and working in Korea, including Vietnamese, can register for free COVID-19 tests if they have any symptoms of the disease.

For workers living and working in Gyeonggi province, testing is required, even if there are no symptoms of COVID-19. A fine of 2-3 million won (40-60 million VND, 1,700-2,600 USD) will be given to those who insist on avoiding the test. In case that avoidance leads to infection spread, additional fines related to the treatment of the pandemic prevention will be applied.

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The free test period lasts from March 15 to March 22. Employees can call one of the following phone numbers: 1345, 1577, 1330, 1339 (with Vietnamese counseling) to be informed of the specific address of the nearest test in their areas. The free test has been notified to the employers, so employees need to proactively notify the companies that they are working for and manage to comply with Korean regulations.

South Korea Monday reported 31 more new cases of major COVID-19 variants, including 12 local infections, prompting health authorities to stay on guard against the spread of the more transmissible strains here. Health authorities expressed worries over the rising domestic transmission of the more transmissible variants, vowing to expand monitoring on the patients and analysis of the mutations.

South Korea has once again extended the ban on passenger flights arriving from Britain, which has been in place since Dec. 23, until April 1 to block the new virus variant that was first identified there. Also, all entrants, both foreigners, and locals have been required to present certificates of negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests taken within 72 hours of their departure for South Korea since late February.

Aside from the three most-known mutations from Britain, South Africa, and Brazil, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it has discovered 75 cases of other "emerging" variants of the novel virus since December, including those from the United States and Mexico. On Monday, the country reported 382 more COVID-19 cases, raising the total caseload to 96,107, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said.

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