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340 stranded Vietnamese repatriated on flight from S.Korea

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 14:37 GMT+7
340 stranded Vietnamese repatriated on flight from S.Korea
Vietnamese citizens returning from South Korea are brought to a quarantine camp in Da Nang, Vietnam, May 27, 2020. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

About 340 Vietnamese citizens have been placed in quarantine camps after returning from South Korea to the central city of Da Nang on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport, and relevant agencies in Vietnam coordinated the repatriation, following orders from the prime minister.

The passengers, who had previously been stranded in South Korea due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, included children, the elderly, people with health conditions, pregnant women, university students, tourists, and those whose visas had expired but were unable to leave the country.

After landing at Da Nang International Airport, all passengers and crew members aboard the flight had their health checked and were transported to two isolation facilities in the city, according to Nguyen Thien Hong, director of the municipal Department of Health.

They will be tested for COVID-19 multiple times during their quarantine period.

Those who test positive for the novel coronavirus will be immediately hospitalized for treatment, Hong stated, adding that authorities will take strict measures to prevent any case of infection from making its way into the community.

“All expenses at the quarantine camps will be paid for in accordance with government regulations,” Hong elaborated.

“In some special cases, people who choose to be quarantined at local hotels will bear the cost for their stay.”

More flights are expected to evacuate Vietnamese citizens from Taiwan, Singapore, and New Zealand until June 1.

Vietnam has so far recorded 327 COVID-19 patients, with 278 having recovered. No deaths associated with the ailment have been reported in the country to date.

No new community infections have been documented in the Southeast Asian country for over 40 days.

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