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Children, pregnant women aboard Vietnam’s flight to take citizens back from Macau

Children, pregnant women aboard Vietnam’s flight to take citizens back from Macau

Sunday, August 30, 2020, 17:36 GMT+7
Children, pregnant women aboard Vietnam’s flight to take citizens back from Macau
Vietnamese returnees from Macau queue at Can Tho International Airport in Can Tho, Vietnam, August 30, 2020. Photo: Thai Luy / Tuoi Tre

A plane carrying 342 Vietnamese citizens from Macau landed at an airport in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam on Sunday.

The flight touched down at Can Tho International Airport in Can Tho City at 3:00 pm, according to local officials.

All of the 342 passengers had their health checked by medical personnel from the Can Tho Center for Disease Control upon entry.

They include sick people, 61 pregnant women, 26 children, most under two years old, workers whose contracts already expired, and tourists stranded in Macau because of COVID-19.

One hundred and seventy of the passengers were sent to a centralized quaratine center in Bac Lieu Province, about 100km south of Can Tho, while the rest were taken to another quarantine facility in Ben Tre Province, roughly 110km east of the city, following their medical check-ups.

On August 19, another flight landed at the same aiport in Can Tho with 230 Vietnamese returnees from Taiwan on board. They were senior citizens, ill people, children, and pregnant women.

The returnees were sent to collective quarantine centers in nearby Dong Thap and Hau Giang Provinces.

Vietnam has barred entry to foreigners since March to stall coronavirus spread but foreign experts and skilled workers are granted government-approved exemptions.

The Vietnamese government has been arranging for charter planes to evacuate citizens from virus-hit regions.

International arrivals are all subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine in the Southeast Asian nation.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,040 COVID-19 cases, with 690 recoveries and 33 virus-related deaths as of Sunday afternoon.

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