Vietnam suspended from this Tuesday the visa exemption for travelers from Spain and seven other European countries to contain the epidemic of COVID-19, which in recent days has doubled the number of cases after three weeks without contagion.
According to the Hanoi government in a statement, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday signed the directive that annulled the visa exemption for citizens of Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
This restriction adds to the one imposed on Italian citizens for a week and on South Koreans since February 29 and on the obligation since Saturday to fill in a questionnaire on health conditions and places visited for all travelers (Vietnamese included) They arrive from other countries.
So far Vietnam has recorded 31 infections by the coronavirus (16 recovered and no deceased), 15 of them detected since Friday and the latter all imported from Europe and South Korea.
Most of the last cases, specifically 14 of them, are linked to a 26-year-old girl who was traveling from London and had at least eleven passengers on that same flight and at least two other people from her nearby circle.
To these is added that of a 27-year-old Vietnamese who had traveled from Daegu, the epicenter of the epidemic in South Korea.
Vietnam is one of the countries that has taken more preventive measures to curb the epidemic: schools have been closed for a month and a half, suspended air connections with China and the affected areas of South Korea, put thousands of people in quarantine and isolated to an entire region of 10,000 people where half of the country’s cases were concentrated.