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93 Vietnamese arrive home from UK aboard Vietnam Airlines flight

93 Vietnamese arrive home from UK aboard Vietnam Airlines flight

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 11:00 GMT+7
93 Vietnamese arrive home from UK aboard Vietnam Airlines flight
Vietnamese passengers disembark a Vietnam Airlines plane at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam, April 15, 2020. Photo: S.G. / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnam Airlines flight carrying 93 Vietnamese from the UK touched down at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province on Wednesday morning.

The passengers included students aged 18 or younger, senior citizens, and those suffering economic harship, the carrier said, noting that the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK arranged the flight.

All the passengers had their health checked and were isolated upon landing, pursuant to Ministry of Health regulations, said Pham Ngoc Sau, director of the airport in the northern Vietnamese province.

Their checked baggage and carry-on were disinfected following their arrival.

This is the sixth flight the national airline has made to bring Vietnamese back home.

On April 13, another Vietnam Airlines plane departed Phnom Penh, Cambodia with British citizens on board and stopped by Hanoi to pick up more Britons.

Those UK citizens boarding the flight in Phnom Penh never left the plane when it was parked in Hanoi.

The Britons getting on the flight bound for London from the Vietnamese capital had their health checked and gathered in a separate area before departure.

Most of these passengers were tourists, with some having recovered from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vietnam.

Face masks and other gifts from the Vietnamese government to the UK were also loaded on this plane that carried a total of 100 British citizens stranded in Vietnam and Cambodia to London.

The Van Don airport has welcomed 31 flights carrying almost 4,600 passengers from many epidemic-hit regions since February.

Vietnam has restricted both inbound and outbound flights to contain the coronavirus but the government has still arranged certain planes to take stranded Vietnamese citizens home and to enable foreigners to return to their countries.

The Southeast Asian country has confirmed 267 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday morning, with 169 having made a full recovery.

No virus-associated fatality has been recorded in Vietnam.


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