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The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia partnered with local authorities to repatriate more than 210 Vietnamese citizens stranded by COVID-19 on July 29.
Their flight, operated by Vietjet Air, landed at the Can Tho International Airport in the Mekong Delta and all passengers and the plane crew underwent health checks before being transferred to quarantine facilities in line with regulations.
The passengers included children aged under 18, the elderly, sick people, pregnant women, students completing their study, workers with expired visas and labour contracts, stranded tourists, and fishermen who had been detained by Indonesian authorities and have completed their prison sentences.
In April, more than 100 Vietnamese citizens in Indonesia were also repatriated on a Vietjet Air flight. On the flight to Indonesia, Vietjet Air brought home some Indonesian citizens.
Indonesia is currently the biggest COVID-19 hotspot in Southeast Asia, with more than 100,000 cases.
More than 60 repatriation flights
More than 16,000 Vietnamese nationals have been brought home from 50 countries and territories on 60 flights since the country started repatriating citizens stranded abroad on April 10.
Dinh Viet Thang, head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said 50 more flights would bring another 13,000 people home by the end of next month.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has hailed Vietnam for its quick response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak and bringing back its stranded citizens from abroad.
Kidong Park, the WHO Representative in Vietnam, said WHO respects Vietnam’s decision to bring home hundreds more from stricken areas, including 219 from Equatorial Guinea, of whom more than half are infected, and 226 from Uzbekistan, of whom around 100 are infected./.
Vietnam confirmed nine more COVID-19 cases on July 30 morning, with eight in central Da Nang city and one in Hanoi, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
The country has recorded 43 community transmission cases since July 25, comprising 34 in Da Nang, three in Quang Nam province, two in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hanoi, one in Quang Ngai province and one Dak Lak rovince.
All of the 43 new patients are linked to Da Nang city, now Vietnam’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot.
The national tally now stands at 459, of which 90 cases are active. There has been no death to date. Some 81,000 people who had close contact with patients or came from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine.
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