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Jun 29, 2020 / 00:02

Vietnam continues repatriating citizens amid travel restrictions

So far, more than 10,000 Vietnamese nationals have been brought home.

Vietnam continues to bring home hundreds of people from different parts of the worlds in recent days as coronavirus infections and deaths keep going up worldwide, including Singapore, one of the coronavirus hotspots in Southeast Asia.

 Vietnamese citizens return to home country from Angola. Photo: MOFA

On June 27, more than 300 Vietnamese citizens arrived in the home country from Singapore. Earlier on May 31, more than 340 were brought home from Singapore where coronavirus infections have surpassed 43,000.

Passengers on the priority list were children under 18, the elderly, the sick, laborers with expired working contracts, students with dormitories closed, and others of special cases, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After landing in the southern city of Can Tho, all passengers have been quarantined in government-run centers.

 Vietnamese returnees from Malaysia. Photo: MOFA

On June 25, a group of more than 130 people from Malaysia (more than 40), Nigeria and Cameroon (90) were repatriated on a flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.

The returnees, mainly stranded laborers, were quarantined in the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City.

On June 19, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines brought 309 people from Angola to Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

On way from Hanoi to Angola, Vietnam Airlines transported personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, and hand sanitizer for the Embassy of Vietnam in Angola.

So far, Vietnam has repatriated more than 10,000 citizens from abroad.

As of June 28, Vietnam has confirmed 355 infected cases and zero deaths, without infection in the community for 73 days running.