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Vietnam extends quarantine for overseas arrivals to 21 days

Tanutam Thawan

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Just the thought of 14 days in isolation has driven away many prospective tourists. Imagine 21 days in quarantine. If you want to travel to Vietnam, you’ll now have to go through the 3 week quarantine upon entering the country, Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long announced yesterday.

The country of 96 million people has kept cases low at just 3,000 confirmed infections and 35 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

The move to extend the mandatory quarantine period from 14 days to 21 days comes after Vietnamese health officials reported some positive Covid-19 cases that were detected after the patients had completed the 14 day quarantine. Last month, a Vietnamese national had returned home from Japan and tested positive for Covid-19 after he was released from the 14 day quarantine. Reports say that case caused a cluster of infections in the northern province Hà Nam.

National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, a top hospital in Vietnam that has treated many Covid-patients, went into lockdown after a doctor, and later 14 others, tested positive for the coronavirus. The health minister then made the announcement to extend the quarantine period.

“The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of mandatory quarantine for people who have made close contact with COVID-19 patients and people who have entered Vietnam.”

Vietnam extends quarantine for overseas arrivals to 21 days | News by Thaiger

Daily new Covid-19 cases in Vietnam as of 5 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | CNA

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

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    Slugger

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Vietnam can do as they please to ensure success. Same with China. Results are the proof.

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    murika

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:48 am

    thailand can do better, 28 days quarantine !

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    Mark W

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Another glaring failure on behalf of the reporter to provide factual context around the events in this story. Long story short, there was no scientific justification for increasing quarantine to 21 days. A few workers in quarantine hotels broke the rules and caught the virus. Extending quarantine was yet another decision based on fear, guilt, and misinformation.

    Thank you once again, Lieger, for failing your readers and gleefully promoting a singular global capitalist-communist hybrid authoritarian state.

    Fake journos gonna fake journo!

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    Gosport

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Insane.

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    Nigel

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Agreed @Slugger. Any country should be allowed to do as they please seems to be the view. I have no problem with that. If that leads to poverty, underdevelopment, poor education and poor human rights then so what. It’s their country. Just one caveat on that agreement. If doing what they want leads to problems (such as not have the knowledge and skills to develop vaccines to stop a pandemic for example), don’t come crying to other countries who chose a different path and want them to drop Intellectual Property rights allowing you access to knowledge and skills….

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    “Insane”

    Hardly, @Gosport. They don’t want tourists at the moment and have no intention of opening up to tourists until the crisis is over / they’re vaccinated and they’ve made that very clear from the start.

    They’re determined not to be panicked into early opening or driven into it by a greedy minority, as Thailand has been with the inevitable and foreseeable results that Thailand is now suffering from.

    Better a questionable extension from 14 days to 21 that will have a minimal effect than an unjustifiable reduction from 14 days to 10 that had to be reversed.

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    Ray

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    I recall that quite a number of commenters on Thaiger said that they next time they come to Asia they would go to Vietnam, rather than LOS. Well, my two cents are that things won’t be as easy as before.

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    Ray

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    A Vietnamese news report said that the supervisors of the quarantine building are held accountable for the local outbreak. Probably the virus was circulating in the quarantined area and the person who tested negative, contracted it just before his discharge. Maybe even on the way out.

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    Nigel

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Total nonsense @Simon Small. Suggesting Thailand has panicked and opened up early and that’s why they have a third wave has nothing to do with the period of quarantine. Thailand is still locked down and people returning have to quarantine. The new wave is as a result of several factors which are all related to local population behaviours:

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    Nigel

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    These behaviours include porous borders and greedy people wanting cheap Labour. People flouting lockdown rules and mixing in nightclubs without social distancing. And finally, the stupidity of allowing people to travel during Songkran. What has any of that to do with either a 15/16 day or 21 day quarantine period. Stop looking for everything perfect in Thailand and open your eyes and your mind. You may actually be able to do some food rather than being a compliant puppy

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    nic

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Vietnam government is finger pointing the spread to oversea arriving people, when they know the real truth is that they didnt perform enough testing and are living in their own dream of having low cases. Even after 28 days of quarantine, someone still can contract with the virus one second out from facility, if the street is occupied with full of virus.

    Failing to acknowledge they failed in testing, they are now blaming that cluster to incoming people. what a shame

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    Simon Small

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

    “Suggesting Thailand has panicked and opened up early and that’s why they have a third wave has nothing to do with the period of quarantine”

    You evidently have a problem with simple comprehension and basic English, @Nigel, since I’ve never suggested a link with the “third wave” of Covid.

    What I suggested was that “Thailand was panicked into early opening or driven into it by a greedy minority” which was why they made “an unjustifiable reduction from 14 days to 10 that had to be reversed”, leading to chaos and confusion in the tourism sector and the inevitable complaints from those who’d expected a 10 day quarantine instead of 14.

    That is, after all, what this article is about rather than “The new wave is as a result of several factors etc, blah, blah” which is of no relevance at all.

    “What has any of that to do with either a 15/16 day or 21 day quarantine period.”

    Nothing at all, @Nigel, which is why I didn’t comment on it on an article which is solely about quarantine periods – only YOU did.

    “Stop looking for everything perfect in Thailand blah, blah, blah … rather than being a compliant puppy”

    I never have looked for “everything perfect” anywhere – it doesn’t exist.

    As for “being a compliant puppy”, if you think “doing some good” consists of ignoring other cultures and values and unjustified arrogance and entitlement while dishing out a few crumbs from the UN on its behalf maybe that explains why those you’ve supposedly been helping haven’t given you any of the “friendship” or “respect” you think you’re entitled to.

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    Pcrhub

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Without reporting of pcr ct#s we can’t really know just how serious an outbreak is. If they reported 1 million new infections, but only 10 came back positive with 25 cycles or less then we would learn maybe the 999,990 other cases that were cycled 50+ times aren’t really substantial enough to warrant the fear.

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