Eight Vietnamese repatriates from Russia have tested positive for COVID-19. They arrived in Vietnam on October 31 via flight VN5062 and were immediately placed in a collective quarantine center in Hung Yen Province. Their infection was confirmed by the Hung Yen Center for Disease Control on Monday. These patients are currently receiving treatment at the Dong Anh branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.

In addition, two Vietnamese patients who entered Vietnam from Angola on flight VN8 have also tested positive for the virus. They were taken to a military-managed quarantine center in Bac Ninh Province upon their arrival on October 20. Their positive test results were obtained from the Bac Ninh Center for Disease Control on Monday. Currently, these two patients are undergoing treatment at Bac Ninh General Hospital.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced four recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered patients in Vietnam to 1,065. The country has reported a total of 1,202 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths related to the virus. Vietnam has not recorded any community transmission for the past two months.

Since March 22, Vietnam has been denying entry to foreign nationals, with exceptions made for foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats who are subject to mandatory quarantine. Although international commercial flights are currently suspended, charter flights are being arranged to bring in experts, skilled workers, and diplomats, as well as to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad due to the pandemic. Vietnam now charges international arrivals for quarantine services, whereas it was previously offered for free.

This article was originally published in Tuoitrenews.