Gov’t gives green light for increasing frequency of commercial flights
21:29 | 18/09/2020
VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday tasked the Ministry of Transport to continue proposing to increase frequency of international commercial flights to bring back foreign experts, investors and Vietnamese.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) presides over a meeting on COVID-19 response in Ha Noi on September 18, 2020. Photo: VGP

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The proposal must be reported to Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is Head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, for consideration and decision.

The Government had decided to resume air routes to Guangzhou (China), Taiwan (China), Seoul (the Republic of Korea), and Tokyo (Japan) from September 15, and to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Vientiane (Laos) from September 22.

PM Phuc asked for measures to quickly clear passengers at airports in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19 while relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Security, to further simplify entry procedures for foreign experts and investors.

The entry procedures must be specific and clear, emphasized PM Phuc, adding that the Ministry of Health must issue concrete instructions for COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

He also demanded regular inspection and supervision of centralized quarantine facilities and designated quarantine accommodations.

Phuc ordered strict border control to prevent and strictly punish illegal entrants and those who bring foreigners in to Viet Nam illegally.

According to PM Phuc, Viet Nam has well controlled the pandemic as the country has gone 15 days without community transmission case of COVID-19.

As of 6:02 pm on September 18, the country had 1,068 COVID-19 patients, including 941 recovered cases and 35 deaths./.

By Ngoc Van

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