Vietnam Airlines (Photo for illustration/ Source: Nhan Dan Online) 

Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways were among airlines that implemented the policy under instructions of the Ministry of Transport.

For passengers who have purchased tickets on flights to/from Danang from July 28th to August 31st, Vietnam Airlines allowed them to change flight dates free of charge once till October 30th.

The Ministry of Transport is considering plans to transport travellers left stranded in Da Nang in the coming days

Da Nang to apply social distancing in six districts from July 28th

The central city of Da Nang has applied social distancing measures from 0:00am since July 28th in six districts namely Hai Chau, Thanh Khe, Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Cam Le and Lien Chieu, and the lockdown measure for the C Hospital, the Da Nang Orthopaedics and Rehabiliation Hospital, and the Da Nang Hospital as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

C Hospital in Da Nang city (Source: plo.vn)

Under a document issued by the municipal People’s Committee on July 27th, the social distancing will be implemented under Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Directive No.16 on urgent measures against COVID-19 within 15 days.

Accordingly, those living in residential areas or working in workshops and manufacturing plants must ensure safe distance, wear face masks, and implement disinfection in line with relevant regulations; people must stay at home and only go out in case of necessity such as buying food and medicine, and in other emergencies. Stores providing essential services and goods will not be closed.

Any gathering of more than two people in public places and outside offices, schools and hospitals is prohibited. The Government leader also requested the strict observance of keeping an interpersonal distance of at least two meters.

More than 280 Vietnamese return home from US

More than 280 Vietnamese citizens in the US was brought home on a flight that landed at Van Don International Airport of northern Quang Ninh province on July 27th.

The plane repatriating over 280 Vietnamese citizens from the US at Van Don International Airport (Photo: VNA)

The flight, departing from San Francisco International Airport, was arranged by Vietnamese authorities, the country’s representative bodies in the US, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and relevant agencies of the North American nation.

The passengers, coming from different states in the US, included children under 18, elderly people, those with illnesses, workers with expired visas or labour contracts, stranded tourists, and students who have finished their learning but lack accommodation due to dormitory closure, and others with disadvantages, reported VNA.

Vietnam’s representative bodies in the US actively assisted the citizens, many of whom had to move from distant places or needed special support. The Consulate General in San Francisco also sent its staff members to the airport to directly help them complete boarding procedures.

Security, safety and disease prevention measures were seriously carried out during the flight. Right after the plane landed at Van Don airport, all people on board received check-ups and were sent to concentrated quarantine sites in line with regulations.

In addition, a crew of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on July 28th left for Bata city of Equatorial Guinea to bring 219 stranded Vietnamese citizens home, a representative of the airline has said.

The aircraft departed from Hanoi at 7am and is projected to land at the Bata Airport at 1pm (local time) after 12 hours of flying.

It will stay at the airport for about two hours before returning home.

The returning flight is due to arrive in Vietnam on July 29th afternoon.

Doctors and nurses of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases also joined the crew to the African nation to ensure passengers’ health condition during the journey.

Crew members were equipped with special protective clothing while separate zones and air purifiers set up in the airplane.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc earlier requested that Vietnamese labourers in Equatorial Guinea be brought home immediately./.

Compiled by BTA