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Plane brings 30 Vietnamese evacuees from Wuhan
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Monday,  Feb 10, 2020,14:44 (GMT+7)

Plane brings 30 Vietnamese evacuees from Wuhan

The Saigon Times Daily

A total of 30 Vietnamese citizens who were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan pose for a group photo at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province February 10 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – A plane evacuating a total of 30 Vietnamese citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the center of the novel coronavirus epidemic, landed in Vietnam’s Van Don International Airport this morning, February 10.

The evacuation was conducted under the instructions of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, with coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Vietnam Embassy in Beijing; and the relevant ministries, agencies and local governments, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The Vietnam Airlines plane, which flew to Wuhan from the Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport at 9:55 p.m. on Sunday to deliver Vietnamese aid, including medical equipment and supplies, arrived in the Chinese city at around 1 a.m. on Monday.

The aircraft later picked up 30 Vietnamese citizens, including students, tourists, workers and their family members, and brought them to Van Don International Airport in the northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh at 5:04 a.m. the same day.

The citizens, including an eight-month pregnant woman, are in stable condition.

The airport’s director, Pham Ngoc Sau, told the news website VnExpress that a separate parking lot had been reserved for the plane, so its arrival would not affect the general operations of the airport.

The 30 passengers, 15 crew members and three healthcare workers on the plane underwent body temperature checks and have had their luggage disinfected.

They were taken by bus to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the suburban district of Dong Anh, Hanoi, where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

The aircraft performing the flight had carried a group of 11 Chinese nationals back to Wuhan.

As of Sunday, Vietnam had recorded 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Of these, a young Chinese man, a local hotel receptionist in the coastal resort city of Nha Trang and a female Vietnamese worker who had recently returned from Wuhan have been discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has surged to 908 as of the end of Sunday, China’s National Health Commission said on Monday.

Vietnamese evacuees (in blue) receive medical checks at Van Don International Airport on February 10 – PHOTO: VNA
Passengers’ baggage are disinfected and put into an isolation area – PHOTO: VNA
Vietnamese evacuees are taken from the plane to the disinfection and immigration processing area of the airport – PHOTO: VNA
Vietnamese evacuees are instructed to undergo medical checkups and immigration procedures – PHOTO: VNA
The evacuees are taken to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, where they will be quarantined for 14 days – PHOTO: VNA

 

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