|Police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP/Hector Retamal.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on January 23 sent a written directive to the Vietnam Aviation Department asking that all flight permits be cancelled and the granting of new permits to all flights connected to Wuhan by both Vietnamese and foreign airlines be suspended.
Affected airlines will have to contact the authorities of Wuhan Tianhe International Airport themselves to provide solutions for passengers who have purchased tickets on cancelled flights, CAAV said.
The aviation authority stated that it has also instructed relevant authorities and agencies to keep in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) to stay updated on the disease’s situation in the country, and to promptly carry out quarantine and disease control procedures for flights connecting Vietnam and other locations in China as and when needed.
Regional airports authorities and the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), a state-owned company that runs 21 airports in Vietnam, have been asked to allocate personnel and coordinate with local health agencies to deploy body temperature screening equipment in order to detect and isolate persons with symptoms of nCoV, the new pneumonia virus that has killed 17 in China.
Previously, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) had issued a statement requesting travel companies to stop organizing tours to areas in China with high risk of nCoV infection.
Travel business must update themselves with information on nCoV infection and come up with preventive and isolation procedures to handle any cases that may arise.
Guides must vigilantly monitor the health of travellers already on tour, and must inform local health authorities and Vietnam’s diplomatic missions at relevant locations should they show any symptoms of the disease, which include fever, cough or difficulties in breathing, VNAT stated.