COVID-19 fight: Borders must be strictly controlled to prevent illegal entrants
23:45 | 15/01/2021
VGP – The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Friday ordered subordinate levels to strictly control borders in order to absolutely prevent illegal entrants.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, presides over a meeting on COVID-19, Ha Noi, January 15, 2021. Photo: VGP

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The order was made as the 13th National Party Congress and the Lunar New Year come near.

Those who enter Viet Nam by land must be subject to mandatory quarantine at concentrated camps managed by the Army and shall not be required to pay quarantine accommodation fees.

Anyone who detects strange people or those likely to have returned from foreign countries need to report to local authorities.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving complicatedly around the world with 9.7 million new cases and 174,000 fatalities reported since the beginning of this year, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

Since the new COVID-19 variant first seen in the UK in mid-December, at least 50 countries and territories have reported the same strain.

In addition, at least 20 countries and territories have detected the similar strain that had been found in South Africa.

In Viet Nam, the last community infection case was confirmed 45 days ago but imported cases have still been confirmed everyday as the country has conducted 299 flights to bring home over 80,000 Vietnamese citizens from 60 foreign countries and territories.

As of 6:05pm on Friday, the country’s patient tally rose to 1,536, including 1,380 recovered cases and 35 fatalities./.

By Quang Minh

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