Police of Nghi Loc District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An are searching for a group of four illegal migrants from China.
Local police were informed of the presence of four Chinese nationals in the locale who tipsters say illegally entered Vietnam through the northern border province of Lang Son, according to an official dispatch endorsed by Nguyen Trong Tue, head of public security in Nghi Loc, on Monday.
The Chinese group was said to have stopped in the coastal city of Hai Phong and the north-central province of Quang Binh before heading to the beach town of Cua Lo in Nghe An.
Police of Nghi Loc District asked relevant forces in nearby communes and townships to quickly comb through lodging facilities, hotels, motels, restaurants, eateries, and business premises that hire Chinese workers to search for and detain the illegal migrants.
Monitoring and searches on the connecting roads between villages and communes, as well as cooperation with taxi and ‘xe om’ (motorbike taxi) collectives to track down the vehicle used by the Chinese group should be heightened, the dispatch stated.
Should the illegal immigrants be detected and detained, regulative measures such as COVID-19 prevention guidelines as well as ID and border entry paperwork checks must be upheld.
The group should be also brought to the local medical clinic for quarantine immediately upon their detection.
Speaking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Tue said searches underway in communes are simply to verify whether the four Chinese nationals have entered the locale and residents should not be too worried.
Instead, the community should keep upholding the COVID-19 prevention measures, he added.
Since March 2020, border guards of Nghe An Province have detected 189 border jumpers in 99 different cases.
Security along the Vietnamese border has been tightened over the past few days to prevent illegal entries and reduce risks of COVID-19 transmission from border jumpers.
On December 26, the Ministry of Health confirmed four coronavirus cases among a group of six Vietnamese people who sneaked into Vietnam two days earlier through the Vietnam-Cambodia border to avoid mandatory quarantine applied to anyone arriving from outside the country.
The Southeast Asian country has documented 1,505 COVID-19 cases, with 1,353 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to Ministry of Health statistics.