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Many Vietnamese students in the U.S. seek to return home
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Many Vietnamese students in the U.S. seek to return home

The Saigon Times

Vietnamese citizens flying home from Thailand. The complicated development of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has prompted a number of Vietnamese citizens, mainly students, to contact the Vietnamese Embassy to seek help for returning to Vietnam - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC - The complicated development of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has prompted a number of Vietnamese citizens, mainly students, in the United States to contact the Vietnamese Embassy to seek help for returning home, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Ha Kim Ngoc told a press briefing on March 28.

Given the situation, the embassy has cooperated with Vietnamese Consulates General in Houston and San Francisco and Vietnamese officials in New York to encourage Vietnamese students to remain in the U.S. to lower the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus and avoid overwhelming the country’s health care systems.

Besides this, the embassy has adopted some measures to support the citizens in the U.S., Ngoc said.

Apart from setting up three 24/7 hotline numbers and four email addresses to support and provide Vietnamese citizens with information about the virus, the embassy has joined hands with the Consulates General in Houston and San Francisco to help a group of 40 Vietnamese students stuck at Dallas International Airport in Texas to return home.

Vietnamese citizens in the U.S. have also been instructed how to prevent and fight Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the local media reported.

Ngoc also said that aside from financial support, the embassy has helped numerous Vietnamese students find new residences after their universities were shut down.

The embassy will continue collaborating with the U.S. side and Vietnamese officials in New York to protect Vietnamese citizens and help them overcome the hardship, he said.

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