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Vietnam eyes August date for repatriation of 116 coronavirus-stricken citizens from Africa

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 22:23 GMT+7
Vietnam eyes August date for repatriation of 116 coronavirus-stricken citizens from Africa
Medical workers work on paperwork for the reception of international arrivals at an airport in Vietnam in this undated file photo. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is outlining a plan to soon bring home 116 Vietnamese workers from Equatorial Guinea who are sickened by novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The ministry announced on Thursday morning that it had had an urgent meeting with related agencies to discuss options for the repatriation.

One of the proposed solutions is to fly home all 219 Vietnamese workers and managers, including 116 people diagnosed with COVID-19, on August 3.

The 219 Vietnamese citizens, who are between 19 and 68 years old, have been contracted to work at the Sendje hydropower plant project in Equatorial Guinea’s Litoral province.

Test results released on July 1 showed that 116 of them were positive for COVID-19.

Of the 116 patients, two serious cases currently require oxygen support.

The Vietnamese health ministry said it has anticipated that there might be more people in the aforementioned group infected with COVID-19, while some patients may have recovered before the planned repatriation flight on August 3.

The ministry affirmed that it is closely monitoring their situation to provide necessary support.

Vietnam has gone about three months without a community infection of the respiratory disease, with the national tally standing at 381 cases as of Thursday.

Among the total, 356 have been cleared of the virus, with no deaths.

The country’s sickest COVID-19 patient, a 43-year-old man from the UK, was discharged from the hospital and repatriated on Saturday last week.

On Wednesday, an additional 350 Vietnamese citizens were brought home safely from Japan thanks to the coordination between Vietnamese authorities, representative agencies, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and Japanese authorities.

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