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The aircraft would fly directly from the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to Bata International Airport in Equatorial Guinea with the total flying time being over 12 hours.

Two doctors and two nurses from the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases also joined the crew alongside ventilators, protective clothing and specialized masks to the African nation to ensure passengers’ health condition during the journey.

At Bata Airport, COVID-19 negative passengers will board the aircraft first, followed by their infected compatriots. Doctors and ground staff will monitor all boarding passengers.

The flight is scheduled to return to Vietnam at around noon on July 29th. All people on the flight will be quarantined rightly after the aircraft lands. The people infected with COVID-19 will be treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

This flight can be considered unprecedented, as Vietnam has no direct flights to Equatorial Guinea.

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

Since the first days of the pandemic outbreak, the Government leader has ordered flights to repatriate overseas Vietnamese citizens, and asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnamese embassies and representative offices abroad to do their utmost in citizen protection./.