Update: 09:25 | 02/06/2020
A total of 343 Vietnamese citizens boarded a specially arranged flight from Sydney, Australia to return home on June 1.
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is operating the flight, repatriating 243 Vietnamese stranded in Australia and another 100 stranded in New Zealand.
A total of 1,800 Vietnamese in these two countries have registered with Vietnamese diplomatic missions to fly home as borders remain close due to Covid-19 pandemic, but priority is given to those above 60 years old, students under 18 years old, those with underlying health conditions such as heart diseases or cancer, and stranded tourists.
Vietnamese citizens at Sydney international airport on June 1.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Ngo Huong Nam was present at Sydney international airport to aid the Vietnamese citizens.
On Monday afternoon, Nguyen Van Hai, head of Quang Nam Province’s health department, said all 343 Vietnamese citizens that returned from China’s Taiwan on May 29 tested negative for the coronavirus in their first test.
Their flight landed at Da Nang International Airport in the central city of Da Nang and they were immediately quarantined for 14 days at a police academy in Quảng Nam.
They will be tested for a second time before the completion of their quarantine.
As many as 227 of them were pregnant, including many close to their due dates.
Most of the returnees were manual labourers left unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while some were students and visitors stranded in Taiwan.