Close to 320 Vietnamese citizens repatriated

Nearly 320 Vietnamese citizens in the Philippines and over 20 European nations on November 19.

Illustrative photo. Source: VNA

Nearly 240 Vietnamese citizens in the Philippines flew home aboard a VietJet Air flight and a Vietnam Airlines plane brought close to 280 Vietnamese citizens back home from over 20 European nations, according to VNA.

The passengers included pregnant women, the elderly, children under 18, students without accommodation, workers with expired contracts, and others in extremely disadvantaged circumstances.

The Vietnamese Embassies in the host countries sent staff to the airports to assist the passengers with boarding procedures.

In-flight safety and preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic were rigorously enforced to protect the passengers’ health and prevent the spread of the disease.

Upon arrival at the airports, all passengers and crew members received medical check-ups and were sent to quarantine in line with regulations.

The repatriation of Vietnamese citizens in disadvantaged circumstances abroad will continue to be conducted in line with their wishes, the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, and quarantine capacity in Vietnam.

 Four imported cases of COVID-19 were reported during 12 hours from 6am to 6pm on November 19, taking the national count to 1,304.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said among the new patients, all Vietnamese, two returned from Canada on flight VN5028 which landed in Van Don airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on November 16. They tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 while in quarantine in Ha Nam province.

The same day, 19 COVID-19 patients were given the all-clear, raising the number of recovered patients to 1,142.

Among patients still under treatment, 10 have tested negative for the coronavirus once, ten twice and three thrice. There is no patient in a serious condition at present. The fatalities remain at 35.

A total of 16,888 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or came from pandemic-affected areas are under health monitoring, with 197 at hospitals, 15,766 at designated facilities and 925 at home or in accommodations.

The Health Ministry has warned about the risk of the pandemic returning, especially when flights continue to bring in Vietnamese citizens or foreign experts from abroad. It urges the people to continue following preventive measures in the “new normal” situation.

The Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine also requested the sterilisation of aircraft carrying foreigners to Vietnam.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has also spent more on antiseptic equipment, especially at Hanoi’s Noi Bai and HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, thus ensuring the absolute safety of passengers and crew members.

Mai Nguyen