|Vietnamese Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Nguyen Vu Tu (second from right) hands over medical masks to representatives of the Vietnamese Association in the RoK (Photo: VNA)
The donation was a gift from the Vietnamese Government to help the Vietnamese community in the RoK overcome difficulties caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
At the hand-over ceremony, Ambassador Tu emphasised that the gift serves as a great source of spiritual encouragement for the Vietnamese community living and working in the RoK as the Far East country steps up their prevention and control work against the COVID-19.
The haul of protective masks will be distributed to Vietnamese people and students who are currently living in localities in the RoK where the COVID-19 epidemic is still raging, according to the Vietnamese diplomat.
The move comes after the RoK government enforced a new policy on May 26 asking people to wear masks when using public transportation such as buses and taxis.
In line with the policy, bus and taxi drivers will be allowed to restrict or refuse to transport passengers who fail to wear face masks, while drivers will also be required to wear masks when carrying passengers.
In addition, people have also been urged to don a mask when travelling on the subway, while it has been mandatory since May 27 for passengers traveling by air on local and international routes to wear a face mask for the duration of their flight.
These range of measures were taken amid increasing concerns regarding the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 through public transport after the RoK detected nine bus drivers who had tested positive for the virus on May 24.