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'Multi-layered' border control demanded as VN enters 3rd phase of Covid-19 fight

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has tasked border provinces to coordinate closely with border guard force in ensuring 'multi-layered' control of entry and exit to prevent Covid-19 importation.

August 11, 2020 10:07 PM GMT+7

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has a working session with the Border Guard Force on August 11, 2020. Photo: VGP

Dam, who is head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, stressed the point during his visit to the Viet Nam Border Guard Tuesday.

All foreign experts and skilled workers, who are allowed to enter the country, must be quarantined in accordance with the current regulations on Covid-19 prevention, Dam reiterated.

He tasked the Ministry of Public Security to direct local police forces to intensify inspection in order to timely detect and fine those who bring foreigners into Viet Nam illegally.

Dam took the occasion to appreciate the great efforts by all the border guard and police forces as they have always been the front-liners in fighting the pandemic over the past eight months.

Viet Nam entered the third phase of Covid-19 fight since the first community transmitted case was confirmed in Da Nang on July 25. Over the last 18 days, the country confirmed over 400 community infection cases, including 16 deaths.

In pursuing the dual goal of Covid-19 containment and economic recovery, the Government has allowed foreign experts, investors and skilled workers to enter the country but borders still remain closed to foreign tourists.

As of 6:10 pm on Tuesday, Viet Nam had 863 Covid-19 patients, of whom 399 have been cleared of the virus, reported the National Steering Committee./.

By Quang Minh