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Transport ministry asks for review of entry procedures for foreign experts

by NDO10 May 2021 Last updated at 15:34 PM

A mission from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control inspecting the immigration process at the Le Thanh border gate, Duc Co district, Gia Lai province. (Photo: NDO/Thai Son)
A mission from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control inspecting the immigration process at the Le Thanh border gate, Duc Co district, Gia Lai province. (Photo: NDO/Thai Son)

VTV.vn - The Ministry of Transport has ordered its agencies and units to review the entry process for foreign experts and workers as well as the issuance of flight permits to better prevent and combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

Accordingly, heads of such agencies and units will continue to increase inspections of prevention measures against COVID-19, especially the mandatory wearing of face masks at airports, seaports, inland waterways ports, bus stations and terminals, while resolutely handling all violations.

The Ministry of Transport requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam continue to coordinate with interdisciplinary working groups to focus on strictly controlling the entry of overseas Vietnamese, foreign experts and hi-quality workers to ensure it is suitable to the domestic reception situation.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health unveiled thirty two new COVID-19 cases detected in the morning of May 10, including 31 domestic infections and one imported.

The local transmissions were detected in Hanoi (21 cases, including 12 at the Kim Chung facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases), Bac Giang province (7), Hoa Binh province (1), Hai Duong province (1) and Da Nang city (1).

The new infections take the total number to 3,444, including 442 locally-transmitted infections detected since the latest outbreak hit the country on April 27.

Also on May 10, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control issued a document sent to the local authorities across the country urging strengthened epidemic prevention and control work at production and business establishments, as well as in industrial zones.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will raise its pandemic prevention standards to level-2 on all domestic flights from May 11. Accordingly, the carrier will strictly examine passengers’ mandatory health declarations and body temperatures before boarding, while refusing to transport those with abnormal health symptoms and installing disinfection mats at boarding gates.

The airline will ensure that crew and passengers wear face masks throughout flights, provide anti-bacterial wipes for passengers, disinfect the airplanes at the end of each working day, and do periodic maintenance work on the HEPA filters. In the context of the complicated COVID-19 developments, Vietnam Airlines will enhance supports for its customers, and adjust its schedules of domestic and international flights.

Facing the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, localities across the country have decided to halt crowed gathering activities to prevent the spread of the epidemic. On May 10, authorities in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Cao Bang requested non-essential service business activities, including amusement parks, entertainment centres, movie theatres, beauty establishments, haircuts, karaoke, massage parlours, bars, video game services, internet cafes and gyms cease operations immediately.


Hoa Binh city is now under a strict social distancing order after several local transmissions were found in recent days. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hao)

Hoa Binh city is now under a strict social distancing order after several local transmissions were found in recent days. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hao)

Hoa Binh City People's Committee has issued a decision on applying a strict social distancing order for the entirety of the city from 0:00 on May 10. Specifically, the city has stopped activities gathering more than 20 people in one room, gathering 10 people or more outside the workplace, school or hospital, limiting the movement of people to other localities and halting religious rituals and all cultural, sports and entertainment activities in public places.

As more local infections have been found, Hung Yen province has ordered social distancing from 00:00 on May 10 in My Hao town and five communes of Khoai Chau district, including Dong Ninh, Tan Chau, Dai Tap, Dong Ket and Tu Dan, as well as five communes of Chi Dao, Lac Hong, Viet Hung, Dai Dong and Luong Tai in Van Lam district.

In Hanoi, Phuc Tho district’s authorities have decided to put Hiep Thuan commune in medical isolation after the commune recorded four cases of COVID-19 infection. Accordingly, the order will last for 21 days (from 0:00 on May 10 to the end of May 31). To date, Phuc Tho district has recorded seven cases of SARS-CoV-2.


Students across various grades in Hai Phong have stopped attending school from May 10. (Photo: NDO/Ngo Quang Dung)

Students across various grades in Hai Phong have stopped attending school from May 10. (Photo: NDO/Ngo Quang Dung)

From today, students in Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Kon Tum and Quang Binh are allowed to leave school and switch to online learning and online testing to complete their school year programmes. For Grades 9 and 12, the local Departments of Education and Training will assign heads of units and schools based on the actual situation in order to build plans for teaching online or offline.

From May 10, Ha Tinh province will shut down fixed car routes to and traveling from localities with local COVID-19 transmissions cases.

At an urgent meeting this afternoon, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong ordered the activation of the city’s entire epidemic prevention and control system at the highest level. Accordingly, HCM City will re-establish COVID-19 control posts to control the travel to the city by road, irregularly inspect epidemic prevention and control work in industrial parks and export processing zones, and order local restaurants to strictly comply with the city's regulations on preventing and combating COVID-19.

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