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Efforts intensified along Vietnam-China border to prevent coronavirus contagion

Sunday, February 09, 2020, 15:51 GMT+7
Efforts intensified along Vietnam-China border to prevent coronavirus contagion
A Vietnam-China train arrives in the northern province of Lao Cai on February 8, 2020 following a five-day shutdown. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese border guard officers have been exerting their best efforts to monitor all people arriving from China to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Southeast Asian country.

Officers have worked around the clock to measure body temperature and quarantine Vietnamese citizens returning from China via border gates in the northern provinces of Lang Son and Lao Cai.

The train is sterilized upon arrival in Lao Cai on February 8, 2020.

A train is sterilized upon arrival in Lao Cai on February 8, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre

As a lot of Vietnamese people still need to come home via these border gates, multiple teams of border guard and disease control officers have been taking turns working in continuous shifts to prevent the contagion of the 2019-nCoV.

A Vietnam-China train also resumed its operation on Saturday following a five-day shutdown, which made the job even more demanding.

A Vietnamese citizen has her body temperature measured at the Lao Cai Border Gate.

A Vietnamese citizen has her body temperature measured at the Lao Cai Border Gate. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The novel coronavirus, which first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has killed 813 people and infected more than 37,550 globally as of Sunday.

It has since spread across mainland China and to 27 other countries and regions, according to a Reuters report.

A man has his body temperature measured at a border gate in northern Vietnam.

A man has his body temperature measured at a border gate in northern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has so far confirmed 14 infection cases, including eleven Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.

Among them, one Chinese and two Vietnamese had fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital as of Thursday. They were all treated for free.

Vietnamese citizens returning from China stay at a quarantine area.

Vietnamese citizens returning from China stay in a quarantine area. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A trailer tractor is thoroughly examined before entering Lang Son Province.

A trailer tractor is thoroughly examined before entering Lang Son Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A checkpoint is established along a footpath at the border.

A checkpoint is established along a footpath at the border. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Border guard officers patrol the Vietnam-China border.

Border guard officers patrol the Vietnam-China border. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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