Travellers from affected areas must be quarantined: Deputy PM
Updated : 2/27/2020 3:39:40 PM (GMT+0700)

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has ordered continuedquarantine and close monitoring of those entering Vietnam from regions hitby COVID-19 outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (middle) -Photo: VNA

Dam, who is also head of the national steering committee for the SARS-CoV-2-causedacute respiratory disease (COVID-19) prevention and control, made the requestduring a meeting of the committee in Hanoi on February 26.

Accordingly, Vietnamese citizens returning home from theRepublic of Korea (RoK)’s Daegu city and North Gyeongsang province will bequarantined for 14 days.

Vietnamese passport holders from other Korean localities,except holders of official passports who are confirmed not to arrive inaffected areas in the past 14 days, will be subject to additional interviews.Those that intentionally make false declarations about their past destinationswill be seriously punished in line with the Law on Prevention and Control ofInfectious Diseases.

Vietnam has temporarily banned entry of foreigners comingfrom or travelling through epidemic-hit areas in the past 14 days. Those thatstill want to enter Vietnam will be quarantined for 14 days in line withregulations.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism must directtravel agencies and lodging facilities to provide materials about COVID-19prevention for foreigners.

As of February 26, all 16 SARS-CoV-2-infected patients inVietnam were discharged from hospitals. Thirty-one suspected cases are beingquarantined while 5,675 others who entered from affected areas are undermedical supervision.

Since February 13, no more new infection cases have beenrecorded in Vinh Phuc and the whole country.

According to the Health Ministry, there were over 81,000infection cases in 33 countries and territories worldwide as of 3pm on February26, more than 78,000 of them were in all 31 cities and provinces of China.

The world recorded up to 2,764 deaths, including 2,715 inChina, 12 in the RoK, six in Japan, one in the Philippines, two in Hong Kong(China), 11 in Italy, one in France, one in Taiwan (China) and 15 in Iran.

Source: VNA

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