The Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia has cooperated with local authorities to send 12 Vietnamese citizens, including six COVID-19 recoveries, back home.
The handover of the 12 Vietnamese citizens took place on Wednesday at Moc Bai International Border Gate in Tay Ninh Province with the attendance of representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia, as well as Cambodian law enforcement and migration officials.
The repatriated group of twelve hails from various provinces of southern Vietnam, including Long An, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, and Ho Chi Minh City, with six having recovered from COVID-19 at hospitals in Cambodia after contracting the disease in the country.
“In light of the upredictable development of COVID-19, the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia prioritizes the safeguard of Vietnamese citizens," said Nguyen Hai Trung, counselor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia.
"We work to keep tabs on the individuals' safety status, as well as providing support for citizens who were infected with COVID-19.”
The Vietnamese community in Cambodia recorded 45 coronavirus infection cases during the third wave of transmission in the country, which transpired in late February.
Several patients were housed in the consular district of the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia, with 17 recovering from the disease while others are seeing a positive recovery.
The patients’ health is closely monitored by officials of the embassy, who also helped their repatriation by providing legal support and outreach to Cambodian authorities.
During the handover, the repatriated Vietnamese citizens expressed their gratitude to the embassy officers for their diligent aid, as well as Cambodian authorities and medical practitioners who pulled them out of danger.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia anticipates repatriating more recovered COVID-19 patients to Vietnam in the next weeks in due process.
After the handover, the 12 Vietnamese were subject to medical screening and sent to quarantine, as per Vietnam’s guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.
Vietnam has registered 2,603 cases of COVID-19, with 2,359 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.