Nearly 2,000 Vietnamese nationals return home last week
10:23 | 04/01/2021

VGP - As many as seven flights carrying 1,970 Vietnamese citizens from Chinese Taipei, Japan, Canada, the Europe, Africa, and the U.S. landed in Viet Nam from December 28, 2020-January 3, 2021, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As many as 1,970 Vietnamese nationals from four continents are brought home from December 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021.

Passengers onboard these flights included children under 18, pregnant women, the elderly, workers whose labor contracts had expired, students with no residences due to dormitory shutdown and other with especially difficult circumstances.

Precautious measures were implemented during these flights to prevent transmission of Covid-19.

Right after arriving at local airports, all the passengers received check-ups and were sent to concentrated quarantine sites in line with current regulations on COVID-19 responses.

From April 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021, local agencies coordinated with Viet Nam’s representative agencies overseas to arrange 242 flights, bringing home about 66,882 Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad due to Covid-19.

The repatriation of Vietnamese citizens in disadvantaged circumstances abroad will continue in line with their wishes and quarantine capacity in Viet Nam.

As of late January 3, Viet Nam confirmed 1,494 Covid-19 infection cases, according to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

Of the nation’s total, 1,339 patients have been cleared of the virus and exited hospitals while 35 others have been reported dead.

The Committee announced on January 2 that it had found an infection case with new and more transmissible variant of the virus that first emerged in the UK.

The aforesaid case is a 44-year-old woman in Nguyet Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District of the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

She was among 305 passengers onboard the flight VN50 from the UK that landed at the Can Tho International Airport on December 22.

She was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on December 25, 2020 and have been treated at the Tra Vinh Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases.

By Thuy Dung

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