Gov’t assures stranded people can go home safely
20:59 | 08/10/2021
VGP – Non-native people in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and other COVID-19 hotspots who wish to come back to their hometowns are assured to be brought home safely under supervision  to prevent disease transmission. 

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has recently issued Public Telegram 1314/CD-TTg on safe and careful transportation and reception of people returning home from Coronavirus-hit localities. 

The document says going home is a  legitimate need of those people who got stranded in other localities due to Covid-19. However, without well-established organization and coordination between local authorities, such repatriation would trigger risks of disease outbreaks. 

After the COVID-19 hotspots lifted travel restrictions in early October, many people left for their hometowns, causing chaos and a high risk of Coronavirus transmission at disease control checkpoints. 

Especially, some returnees risked their life travelling long distances. 

Accordingly, localities which have loosened restrictions in accordance with the PM’s Directive 16 are requested to encourage non-native citizens to stay by providing additional security assistance and resuming  production and business with required safety steps put in place.

People who expect to return to their hometowns are requested to inform reception localities for safe transportation and avoid unsupervised movement.

Localities are asked to arrange coaches to transport individuals who have no means of transport, the elderly, pregnant women, and children. 

Provinces and cities are responsible for early detecting unsupervised movement for timely assistance  and support.

The Ministry of Health was tasked to give a priority of vaccines, testing samples, and medicines for localities which receive those coming back from the pandemic hotspots.

Mekong Delta provinces have welcomed tens of thousands of returnees from HCMC, Binh Duong, Long An, and Dong Nai provinces. A majority of unsupervised travellers are freelance workers. A small proportion of them are workers.   

In An Giang province for example, about 40,000 returnees were tested in which 190 people received positive results. Out of 32,000 travellers to Kien Giang province, 122 returnees were infected. Statistics showed that 0.1-0.2% of returnees are infected with COVID-19, raising fears of community transmission./. 

By Kim Loan 

 

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