VIETNAM SUSPENDS ENTRY OF TOURISTS FROM SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND UK
In light of the spike of coronavirus in a complex manner on a large scale across the world, Vietnam's government decided to temporarily suspend entry for tourist who come from the Schengen countries and/or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or have visited or transited through these areas within 14 days preceding their expected entry into Vietnam. Visa upon arrival for all foreign nationals will also be suspended.
This decision will be effective from 12:00 (noon), 15 March 2020 for 30 days, and not be applicable to entrants for diplomatic or official purposes.
Foreigners who are experts, business managers, highly-skilled workers entering Vietnam will be subject to medical checks and quarantine procedures in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
In addition, the Prime Minister will consider the suspension of tourist visas for people from each state of the US based on the development of the pandemic in the US.
WEARING FACE MASKS IS A MUST
Under the direction of the Prime Minister, as from March 16, 2020, Vietnam requires that foreign citizens in Vietnam as well as Vietnamese citizens must wear face masks in public places where there are many people, such as supermarkets, airports, bus terminal or public transport means… The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health shall direct the production and supply of face masks to meet the people's needs.
The Ministry of Transport shall direct all the airlines to provide free face masks to passengers, including foreigners entering Vietnam. All passengers on domestic and international flights to and from Vietnam must wear face masks during the entire duration of their flights and when entering the airports.
VIETNAM CHARgES FOREIGNERS FOR CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT
Following the recommendations of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the Prime Minister agreed that the state budget covers treatment costs for patients without health insurance, while the health insurance fund covers the entire medical bill for patients who are insured.
At the same time, the Prime Minister agreed on the policy of charging foreigners for treatment as proposed by the Steering Committee.
HANOI TESTS FOR PEOPLE FROM THE EPICENTER FOR FREE
Every citizen who have returned to Vietnam from the epicenters since March 1 will have to contact Hanoi health authorities to get tested for Covid-19 virus. Notably, this test will be completely free. On the evening of March 14, the Hanoi People's Committee issued a notice proposing that citizens returning from epicenters since March 1 must be tested for Covid-19 virus.
Specifically, all people who had studied or traveled abroad currently stay in Hanoi must be tested. These people have to contact 0969082115 and 0949396115 for the Health Department, or 115 for Emergency Center for free tests.
QUANG BINH WILL NOT BE RECEIVING TOURISTS
The People's Committee of Quang Binh Province has decided to temporarily stop receiving visitors at tourist sites, historical-cultural relics and attractions since March 17, 2020.
During the tourism suspension, all the tourist sites’ managers will conduct the cleaning and disinfecting procedure and repair facilities and equipment to ensure safety for tourists at the reopening.
DEFYING CORONAVIRUS BAN, HUNDREDS OF FRENCH PROTESTS IN PARIS STREETS
Despite the pandemic in Europe and the government's ban on mass gatherings, hundreds of "Yellow Vests" protesters in France still demonstrated in the main streets of Paris on March 14 to oppose the policies of President Emmanuel Macron’s government.
Hundreds of protesters, some wearing protective medical masks, had marched from Montparnasse train station to several public places in the city. A police source put the numbers at about 400. Riot police about 2,000 security forces were deployed across the city to manage the situation.
FIVE MORE COUNTRIES REPORTED THEIR FIRST CASES
Rwanda, Namibia, Guatemala, Venezuela and Uruguay have confirmed their first infections for the novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2).
On the same day, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health confirmed the first death due to Covid-19 virus and it was the fifth death in South America related to the pandemic.
SPAIN REPORTS 1,500 NEW CASES IN 24 HOURS
Following Italy, Spain has become a new epicenter by recording up to 1,500 people infected with the new SAR-CoV-2 virus in the past 24 hours.
According to an announcement by Spanish health authorities on March 14, the country has recorded 1,500 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-19 patients to more than 5,700.