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Vietnam has gone 13 days without any community transmission of COVID-19

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 19:31 GMT+7
Vietnam has gone 13 days without any community transmission of COVID-19
A passenger has his boarding pass checked at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam logged no local COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the 13th day in a row, while announcing five recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country’s tally remains at 1,063 patients, having been confirmed since January 23, when the virus first struck.

Five patients were declared free of the pathogen on Tuesday, including four in Da Nang and one in neighboring Quang Nam Province, the health ministry said.

The number of recovered patients has reached 931 while 35 have died, most having suffered critical pre-existing conditions, as yet.

Vietnam has registered 551 local infections since July 25, when a new wave hit the country after it had gone 99 days without documenting any community transmission. Most of the cases have been traced back to Da Nang.

The nation is quarantining 32,578 people who came into close contact with infected patients or arrived from outbreak-hit regions.

Almost 380 Vietnamese citizens arrived in Vietnam on board a Bamboo Airways flight on Tuesday, the government said in a post on its verified Facebook account the same day.

They are children under 18 years old, senior citizens, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, workers whose contracts have expired, students, and others who are in dire straits.

They were sent to a quarantine center upon landing at Cam Ranh aiport in south-central Khanh Hoa Province.

The Vietnamese government says it will continue sending charter planes to bring back citizens stranded in other countries and territories over COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 but the government allows foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats to enter the country on a case-by-case basis.

The nation has suspended commercial international flights since March 25 to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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