Ha Tinh halts receiving Vietnamese returnees via Cau Treo border gate hinh anh 1Medical checkup provided for Vietnamese returnees at Ha Tinh's Cau Treo International Border Gate before they are sent to quarantine. (Photo: VNA)
Ha Tinh (VNA) – Authorities of central Ha Tinh province will close Cau Treo International Border Gate to Vietnamese citizens returning from Laos starting on June 18, in the wake of increasingly complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ha Tinh has facilitated the travelling of Vietnamese citizens returning home via the Cau Treo International Border Gate and well performed its duties on receiving, transporting and setting up quarantine sites for the returnees, the provincial People’s Committee said in a notice sent to the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos.

However, a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases has put more pressure on the province’s capacity in providing quarantine and treatment services for people, according to the notice.

The closure of the border gate will enable the province to focus its efforts on fighting the pandemic.

In the notice, the Ha Tinh People’s Committee asked the embassy to help it widely inform the Vietnamese community and relevant authorities in Laos about the closure, which will remain until further notice.

The Cau Treo International Border Gate is located in the district of Huong Son. A large number of Vietnamese people living in Laos, Thailand and Malaysia have entered Vietnam via the gate.

Ha Tinh detected three more COVID-19 local infections on June 17 morning, raising the total cases recorded in the province since June 4 to 72./.