Eleven Vietnamese citizens were arrested for trying to sneak through the Vietnam-China border after working as seasonal workers in the neighboring country, border defense forces said this week.
The border crossing attempt was detected by border guards at the Xin Cai Border Post in northern Ha Giang Province on Tuesday.
Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Duc Duong spotted the group of eleven crossing beaten paths to enter Vietnam during his sentry duty.
“They admitted that [people on] a vehicle dropped them off at the path and told them the way back to Vietnam,” Duong said.
"It is fortunate that we caught the group and escorted them to a quarantine facility."
After preliminary inspection, the group claimed to be Vietnamese migrant workers who sought seasonal jobs, namely sugarcane harvest, in China.
After the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, they tried to re-enter the country in time for the Lunar New Year holiday.
From the early 2020, Xin Cai Border Post has been considered one of the hotbeds of illegal entrances to Vietnam, which prompted the border guards to mobilize manpower for 24/7 patrol and monitoring, especially at the beaten paths through the Vietnam-China border.
On Monday, a total of 345 cases of Vietnamese attempting to jump the border into the country were detected, with 310 entering from China, 34 from Cambodia, and one from Laos, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and the Border Guard High Command reported.
Security along the Vietnamese border has been tightened over the past days to prevent illegal entries and reduce risks of COVID-19 transmission from border jumpers.
|A group of eleven Vietnamese migrant workers are escorted to a quaratine facility in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam, January 5, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
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.