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Jul 28, 2020 / 05:57

Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 people from Danang with preventive measures in place

Vietnam’s airlines have added more flights to Danang to airlift tourists out of the city, totaling about 130 flights from the city since July 26.

Some 80,000 tourists are stuck in Danang and find ways to return home, each province and city is taking their own preventive measures while awaiting the prime minister's instructions.

 Each locality including Danang city is empowered to adopt their own measures to combat Covid-19. Photo: Zing

As of July 26, flights from Danang to the provinces were still considered as regular flights. On the morning of July 27, flights to and from the city were still allowed. From 12am of July 28, six districts with around one million people in Danang have been put under lockdown and transport is banned to and from the city.

On July 26, the medical quarantine unit of Danang airport requested air passengers leaving the city to make medical declaration before boarding. All airlines are required to provide the contact of passengers on each flight to the medical quarantine unit for checking.

Vietjet requested passengers on flights departing from Danang during this period to make paper or electronic medical declaration at the airport.

Vietnam Airlines, which operates 10 air routes from Danang to different localities, said the airplanes are thoroughly disinfected every day. Pre-boarding health check is conducted. Passengers are provided with face masks, gloves and antiseptic towels.

Passengers are also required to wear face masks during the whole flight. All members of the flight crew have to wear medical protective gear. Passengers are applied safety measures and their health status is monitored after landing.

On July 26, there were eight ferry flights (without passengers) taking off from Noi Bai airport to Danang to airlift passengers.

Although no direction from the government has been issued, Noi Bai airport’s authorities have proactively arranged a special area to welcome passengers returning from Danang. All passengers are required to wear face masks when landing at the airport. Antiseptic solution is also available.

Some provinces such as Bac Giang, Hai Phong and Nghe An have requested people returning from Danang to take self-isolation for 14 days.

Thanh Hoa, Can Tho, Quang Ngai and Ho Chi Minh City also decided to strengthen health monitoring for people returning from Danang.

The Ho Chi Minh City government has required those returning from Danang in recent weeks to make medical declaration and put them on home observation within 14 days. People showing suspected symptoms related to Covid-19 within 14 days after leaving Danang would be hospitalized, isolated and tested for SARS-CoV-2.