Lao Cai keeps guard up as hundreds of migrant workers return from China hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: Internet)
Lao Cai (VNA) - The northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, which borders China, remains on guard to prevent any new COVID-19 cases coming into the country as hundreds of Vietnamese migrant workers have returned from Vietnam’s northern neighbour via its border gate over the last few days.

All Vietnamese returnees must go through body temperature and medical checks at border crossings and be immediately put into quarantine at a State-designated facility for 14 days.

The provincial Border Guard has accelerated efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of the pandemic among villagers living along the borderline. It has sent officials to every village and hamlet to encourage people to stay home and to stop them from illegally leaving the country to work abroad.

Local border guard stations have also raised funds to provide essential goods for villagers who have been told to stay home as part of the nationwide social distancing order.

In addition to the provincial military school, Lao Cai has set up a quarantine facility at the local campus of Thai Nguyen University to cater to the increasing number of returnees.

The provincial Department of Health has provided instructions on proper quarantine measures and monitored and conducted testing on quarantined people, while the Lao Cai Provincial General Hospital has cooperated with a local urban environment company and relevant agencies to treat waste at quarantine facilities./.