Nearly 600 Vietnamese people have touched home soil as the government's efforts to repatriate its citizens from the world’s coronavirus hotspots.
|Vietnamese citizens on a repatriation flight. Photo: Vietnam Airlines|
On July 13 morning, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines brought more than 340 people from the UK to Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Passengers included children under 18, students finished schools and had no accommodation, pregnant women, the elderly, the sick, people with pre-existing diseases, stranded tourists, and doctors and nurses who accompanied coronavirus-free British pilot, who made an amazing recovery in Vietnam.
The man was discharged from hospital on July 11 after two months under treatment in Vietnam for the novel coronavirus.
At present, the UK is among 10 countries with the highest numbers of coronavirus cases. It has confirmed more than 289,000 infections and nearly 45,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, on July 11, more than 240 Vietnamese people were repatriated from Singapore.
Vietnam has operated several repatriation flights from Singapore, the third largest Covid-19 hotspots in Southeast Asia with nearly 46,000 infections.
All returnees need to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine at concentrated centers.
Vietnam has been making efforts to repatriate its citizens at a time the contry has successfully contained the virus. It has reported 372 cases, of which the majority are imported, and zero deaths.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airline is the main operator of the repatriation flights.