Authorities in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, home to world-famous Hoi An Ancient Town, have selected a local four-star resort as a quarantine facility for foreign visitors who are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The provincial People’s Committee decided on Monday it would make the Hoi An Beach Resort, located on Cua Dai Street in Hoi An City, a quarantine camp for foreigners in the province.
This is a four-star resort with 121 rooms with views over Cua Dai Beach and a nearby river, along with swimming pools and high-quality service.
Foreigners who are required to be quarantined will receive free-of-charge meals and medical care at the facility.
|A health worker leads two foreign visitors to their isolation rooms at Hoi An Beach Resort in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre|
They will also be provided with assistance in visa procedures, flight ticket booking, and airport shuttles after their isolation period.
“They came here to visit our country and only wanted a blissful vacation, but the epidemic has caused them a lot of damage. This is how we should support them,” Quang Nam chairman Le Tri Thanh remarked.
Vice-chairman Tran Van Tan expressed a similar opinion, adding that it is “our responsibility to help them in order to maintain the image of the people in Quang Nam.”
|A health worker checks the temperature of a foreign visitor before her quarantine at Hoi An Beach Resort in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre|
International visitors have played an important role in the province’s development, so it is only appropriate that local authorities take good care of them during this time, Tan elaborated.
Previously, some people had raised questions as to why Vietnamese citizens do not enjoy such special treatment compared to foreigners regarding quarantine facilities in the province.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 198,00 people and killed more than 7,900 globally, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
|Police officers are on duty at Hoi An Beach Resort in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam has announced 66 COVID-19 cases to date, 16 of whom had fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26.
Among the 50 active cases being treated, 18 are foreigners, including 13 Britons and one each from Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and France.
Two cases have been confirmed in Quang Nam so far.
The provincial department of health has quarantined 101 foreigners up to date, of whom 42 had finished their 14-day isolation by Monday.