More than 350 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Australia and New Zealand due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been repatriated, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnamese authorities worked with national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and agencies of Australia and New Zealand to arrange the flight on Friday.
Passengers were mostly people under 18 years old, the elderly, pregnant women, those with illnesses, and workers and students who were unable to return after their working contracts ended or campus closed.
Preventive measures were taken seriously during the flight.
All passengers and crew members had their body temperature checked and were sent to quarantine centers after landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Under the direction of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnamese authorities and overseas representative offices will continue arranging for more flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home in the coming time, based on the pandemic developments at home and foreign countries and the capacity of local quarantine facilities.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 355, with 340 having recovered as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
No death from the disease has been reported, and the country has not documented a community-based infection in the past 80 days.