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Southern localities work to support returnees from pandemic-hit areas

The Ho Chi Minh City High Command will coordinate with agencies of the city to ensure workers living in the city return to their home provinces and cities safely.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Phong, political commissar of HCM City High Command, said that the workers will be provided with food, water and medicines during their journey back to their home villages. They can call the hotlines 069652401 and 02866822000 to request support if necessary.

According to the People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, nearly 20,000 people have returned to the province from pandemic hotspots since October 1, and more are likely to arrive in the coming days.

Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Huynh Quoc Viet and the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee have agreed to apply a 28-consecutive-day quarantine period at home for returnees.

To ensure the health and safety of people as well as contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial People’s Committee clearly stipulates that people who are allowed to be quarantined at home must have received at least one shot of vaccine against COVID-19 for at least 14 days, or fully recovered from the disease within six months. They also have to show negative testing result for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho Duong Tan Hien on October 5 signed a document on implementing policies to support local people retuning their home.

Accordingly, local forces have maintained checkpoints at entrances to the city, where returnees will be tested and sorted out for quarantine. Those who are quarantined at designated facilities will receive subsidies for meals and medical care, while those who are eligible for home quarantine are given 15kg of rice and 500,000 VND in cash each to help them with daily needs./