HCMC – As a huge number of people returning home for the upcoming Lunar New Year could pose a challenge to the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, Thanh Hoa Province has decided to stop receiving and quarantining people returning from overseas starting January 10, said a local health official.
The decision was included in a statement of the leader of the province regarding the Covid-19 infection prevention and control before, during and after the Lunar New Year, according to Trinh Huu Hung, director of the provincial Health Department, reported VnExpress.
However, when quarantine centers in this north-central province will resume operations remains unknown.
As for foreign experts, highly-skilled employees, investors and business executives arriving in Thanh Hoa, the north-central province still receives and quarantines them, but it will tighten control over their entry, transport, quarantine and residence process.
Earlier, between December 1 and 15, the province had stopped receiving and quarantining those returning from overseas.
According to the same statement, a risk of community transmission in the country, especially in Thanh Hoa, could remain high as the holiday draws near. The risk could be mainly triggered by those who violate quarantine regulations and enter Vietnam illegally.
As of January 4, the province was quarantining over 500 people, mainly at hotels. It also set up 99 quarantine facilities which can accommodate over 10,000 quarantinees.