The Chinese citizen had originally fled native Tianjin to Cambodia on May 2 before travelling to Ha Tien in Kien Giang on July 5. From here, the Chinese citizen then took a bus to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City the following day to apply for asylum.
Upon being detected in the southern metropolis, relevant municipal agencies swiftly put the Chinese national into quarantine for a COVID-19 test. After learning about the fugitive’s movements, the cultural centre was completely disinfected.
The latest incident marks the 14th case involving a person illegally attempting to immigrate to the southern city this year, meaning this route into the country poses a real and genuine risk of the COVID-19 epidemic being brought into Vietnam undetected from abroad.
The HCM City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention therefore requests that relevant agencies that share a border with Cambodia apply measures aimed at halting people from illegally entering the country.
Moreover, local people have been urged to raise their awareness about detecting cases of illegal entry and then informing functional agencies.