Thirty Vietnamese return from Wuhan amidst nCoV epidemic

Thirty Vietnamese arrived in Vietnam from China's Wuhan City in the early morning on February 10 amidst the novel coronavirus epidemic.

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Vietnamese workers returning from Wuhan (blue) go through medical checks at Van Don airport in Quang Ninh Province, February 10, 2020. Photo by VnExpress.

The HVN68 flight, which flew from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport at 9 p.m. on February 9 to deliver Vietnamese aids including medical equipment to Wuhan, arrived in the city at around 1 a.m. (local time) on February 10.

It then picked up 30 Vietnamese in Wuhan and landed in Quang Ninh Province's Van Don International Airport at 5:04 a.m. the same day.

A separate parking lot was reserved for the plane in Van Don airport, so its arrival would not affect the airport's general operations, said Pham Ngoc Sau, director of the airport.

Passengers and crew members on the plane underwent body temperature checks and have their luggages disinfected. Quang Ninh's Military Command then brought them to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi's Dong Anh District, where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

Van Don International Airport is the only airport in northern Vietnam to receive Vietnamese coming back from Wuhan per the government's order.

Vietnam officially declared the nCoV outbreak an epidemic on February 1. Out of the 14 confirmed infection cases so far, three have been discharged from hospitals: a Nha Trang hotel receptionist, a Chinese man from Wuhan, and one of the workers who returned from Wuhan.

The global death toll of the epidemic has reached 815 – one each in the Philippines and Hong Kong, and the remaining in mainland China.


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