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132 South Korean experts arrive in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island

Monday, July 20, 2020, 12:50 GMT+7
132 South Korean experts arrive in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island
Passengers get off a bus at Phu Quoc International Airport on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

One hundred and thirty-two South Korean experts landed at an airport on Phu Quoc, a famous resort island off the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang, on Sunday and were quarantined upon their arrival.

The flight carrying the experts, which had been licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, touched down at Phu Quoc International Airport at 9:30 am.

All passengers had their body temperature measured at the airdrome before being brought to a local hotel for a mandatory 15-day quarantine period.

It was the first international flight to Phu Quoc after months of disruption due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The number of domestic visitors to the island has rebounded as tourism is promoted across the country.

Nguyen Minh Dong, director of the Phu Quoc airport, said the airdrome handled a whopping 22,000 passengers on July 17, twice as many as the same date last year.

“As Phu Quoc continues to attract a large number of [domestic] tourists, we expect to handle up to 800,000 incoming and outgoing passengers by the end of July,” Dong said, adding most flights are carrying people going on their summer vacation. 

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 14.6 million people and killed nearly 609,000 people across the world, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam recorded one imported COVID-19 case, a 40-year-old sailor from Myanmar, on Sunday evening, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 383.

A total of 367 COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have recovered, while no deaths from the disease have been documented.

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