PM orders repatriation of Vietnamese citizens (21:33 13/07/2020)


HNP - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an online cabinet meeting on COVID-19 prevention on July 10. From Hanoi, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy and leaders of the city’s entities attended the event.   


Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting


Giving a report at the meeting, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy said that the COVID-19 pandemic has been put under control in the city. Hanoi has gone through more than 86 consecutive days without a community - acquired infection. As of July 10, the city confirmed a total of 121 COVID-19 infections, of whom, 119 have been discharged from hospital, and 2 are being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
 
Currently, a total 303 people are quarantined in hotels, including 117 foreign investors, experts and flight crew. The municipal authority allows more than 1,000 foreigners to enter Vietnam on the condition that they must comply with the city’s quarantine protocol.
 
Regarding 19 people illegally entering Vietnam, Quy said that they already were transferred to quarantine sites and tested for coronavirus, and all showed negative COVID-19 results. 
 
According to the official, the municipal government asked localities to tighten the management to prevent people from illegally entering the country. Hanoi has had full the capacity to isolate 2,900 Vietnamese people and around 1,000 people entering Vietnam. 
 
Concerning the realization of Resolution No. 42/NQ-CP and Decision 15/2020/QD-TTg of the Government on measures to support people facing difficulties due to COVID-19, the Vice Chairman said that the city has delivered the aids to 385,000 policy beneficiaries, totaling VND474 billion (US$20.48 million). 
 
At the meeting, Quy also suggested that the Prime Minister should allow hotels to be repurposed as quarantine areas for suspected COVID-19 patients if they wish to stay at the hotels for quarantine and are willing to pay for it.
 
He also asked the task force to tighten control of border routes and entries to the country so as for COVID-19 not to be spread in the community.
 
Making conclusion at the meeting, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc underlined the necessity to bring home Vietnamese citizens, including the elderly, children, students, and those stranded abroad due to COVID-19.
 
Furthermore, the Government allowed more foreign specialists, highly skilled workers and Vietnamese citizens stranded overseas to enter Vietnam, Phuc said.
 
He assigned the Ministry of Transport to increase the number of flights to carry Vietnamese back home safe, and soon consider the reopening of international commercial flights to safe destinations, including Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Guangzhou in China and Taiwan (China). 
 
For 219 Vietnamese workers have been contracted to work at the Sendje hydropower plant project in Equatorial Guinea’s Littorial province, Phuc ordered a flight to carry them back home as soon as possible.
 
The PM asked ministries and ministerial-level agencies to prepare concentrated facilities and flexible quarantine at army and police facilities and hotels for around 10,000 people. 
 
He also assigned the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to send Vietnamese laborers to work overseas. While, the Ministry of Health is in charge of improving its COVID-19 testing capacity and standardizing the procedures for receiving and isolating those entering the country.

By Tran Huong


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