Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are currently identifying all individuals who may have come into contact with three people who illegally crossed the border from Cambodia before resting in the southern metropolis and eventually heading to northern Vietnam.
Two women and one man sneaked into the southern province of Tay Ninh at around 1:00 am on Wednesday, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said in an urgent announcement on the evening of the same day.
The trio made their way to Tan Bien Town where they caught a taxi to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at a hotel near Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 4:00 am.
The cab driver knew the three passengers were border jumpers following their conversation and subsequently filed a health declaration upon his return to Tan Bien Town.
Later on Wednesday morning, the border jumpers took another cab to Tan Son Nhat and boarded flight VJ134 to Hanoi. They landed at Noi Bai International Airport at 9:10 am.
The two women traveled to their homes in Dinh Hoa District in northern Thai Nguyen Province by taxi and were brought to a quarantine center at around 2:00 pm.
The man was found in Que Vo District in northern Bac Ninh Province on the evening of the same day and was also quarantined.
As of Thursday morning, all three individuals had tested negative for the novel coronavirus once.
The HCDC is tracking each of the border jumpers’ direct contacts while awaiting the results of their second COVID-19 tests.
Local residents have been advised to stay alert to potential cases of illegal entry given the complicated COVID-19 pandemic in neighboring countries, as well as promptly report to authorities if they detect any border jumpers.
Vietnam has documented 2,812 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday afternoon, with 2,490 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.