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346 Vietnamese citizens brought home from US

Friday, July 10, 2020, 15:11 GMT+7
346 Vietnamese citizens brought home from US
Vietnamese citizens wait for their flight home at an airport in the United States. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Another 346 Vietnamese citizens have been brought home after being stranded in the United States due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

A flight was arranged by Vietnamese agencies, the Vietnamese Embassy in the U.S., national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and U.S. authorities to repatriate the citizens on Wednesday and Thursday.

The passengers aboard the flight were mostly children, pregnant women, students who have had difficulty finding accommodations since the pandemic began or have had visa extension issues, businessmen, and intellectuals.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C. also tasked several officials with assisting the citizens in completing necessary procedures at Dulles International Airport in the U.S. capital city.

Preventive measures were taken during the flight to stop any spread of COVID-19.

After landing at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, crew members and passengers had their body temperatures checked and were put in collective quarantine in accordance with regulations.

Under the prime minister’s direction, Vietnamese authorities and representative offices abroad will continue arranging flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home, based on their wishes and the capacity of local quarantine facilities.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stands at 369, with 347 having recovered and zero deaths, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

The country has not documented a community infection in the past 84 days.

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