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Vietnam calls up medical students, retired doctors in coronavirus fight

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10:44 GMT+7
Vietnam calls up medical students, retired doctors in coronavirus fight
A man disinfects an area in the K Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: L.Son / Tuoi Tre

HANOI -- Vietnam’s health ministry called on Saturday on all healthcare workers, including medical students and retired doctors and nurses, to join hands in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

Vietnam, with 94 reported cases but no deaths yet, has already suspended international flights and imposed restrictions on foreign visitors.

“The fight against COVID-19 has entered a new phase that is full of difficulties and challenges, requiring more efforts and determination to contain,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The ministry called on retired medical staff to take care of the elderly, and on medical students to join volunteer activities when needed.

Starting Sunday, March 22, Vietnam will temporarily bar entry to all foreign nationals, including persons of Vietnamese origin and their relatives who hold visa exemption documents, as part of more drastic measures to fight the epidemic.

Reuters / Tuoi Tre News

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