Provinces tighten control along border after Cambodia records first Omicron variant case hinh anh 1Customs officers in An Giang province have increased inspections of import and export activities and transport of goods at the border. (Photo: VNA)
Long An (VNS/VNA) - Border provinces in the Mekong Delta have tightened pandemic prevention measures along the border with Cambodia which has recorded its first case of new Omicron coronavirus variant.

Omicron is being rapidly transmitted in South Africa and has already been found in dozens of countries worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The likelihood of further spread of the new variant at the global level is very high.

Colonel Doan Van An, who is Political Commissar of the Border Guard Command in Long An Province, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the province is tightening pandemic control along its 133km-long border with Cambodia. 

Besides 12 border guard stations, the province has 36 pandemic checkpoints, six mobile patrol teams, four working groups and three mobile working groups.

He called on all border guards to uphold the spirit of protecting the border to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant. 

"We must have frequent patrols to prevent both illegal entry and smuggling. Above all, people crossing the border should not create disease transmission risks,” he said.

All border guard stations are regularly providing news updates and informing the public about pandemic preventive measures.

Pham Thien Nghia, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Thap province, said local forces have increased patrols along the 50km-long border with Cambodia.

“The forces are required to conduct regular patrols in the border areas, especially at night,” he said.

Le Van Phuoc, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of An Giang province, said pandemic control and prevention measures have been strengthened at the border. Local border guards in collaboration with the police and military forces are providing stricter control and management at border areas, roads, trails and openings.

Trade activities through the province's two international border gates are being strictly controlled.

Ha Van Phuc, Director of Kien Giang province’s Department of Health, said the province has tightened control and the tracing of people at entry sites to prevent the spread of the coronavirus across the border.

People returning from Cambodia can choose to be quarantined at home, hotels or concentrated quarantine facilities./.