Eight Chinese nationals who allegedly entered Vietnam illegally were caught while taking a walk through a park in Ho Chi Minh City, according to local police.
A team of officers in Ward 2, Tan Binh District were conducting a patrol at Hoang Van Thu Park on Thursday morning when they noticed six men and two women they suspected to be foreigners.
The team performed an administrative check and found that only six members of the group had passports, none of which contained entry stamps. The entire group was brought to quarantine facility at No. 3 Nguyen Hien Le Street in Tan Binh District.
Preliminary information showed that the eight Chinese nationals had entered northern Vietnam illegally before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City by car in order to seek out employment.
On the same day, authorities in Tan Phu District also discovered 11 Chinese who had illegally crossed the border into Vietnam.
They were later quarantined at No. 28 Che Lan Vien Street in Tan Phu District.
On Wednesday, a separate group of 11 Chinese suspected of having entered Vietnam illegally was discovered at a condominium in Binh Thanh District.
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control said on Wednesday that 38 cases of illegal entry have been detected in the southern metropolis since May.
Since then, at least 30 more cases of illegal arrivals have been found and quarantined.
Vietnam has recorded 93 community-based cases, all traced back to the central city of Da Nang, since Saturday last week, according to a Tuoi Tre News count.
These cases followed a 99-day period without a single community transmission in the Southeast Asian country.
Among the new cases, two were diagnosed in Ho Chi Minh City.
The country’s COVID-19 tally sits at 509, with 373 having recovered as of Friday afternoon.