Vietnam tightens security along Cambodia border amid Covid-19 fears

By Phuoc Tuan   May 2, 2021 | 06:30 pm PT
Vietnam tightens security along Cambodia border amid Covid-19 fears
Border guards patrol in southern Binh Phuoc Province patrol the Cambodia border in April 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Thai Ha.
Vietnam sent 314 military personnel to the Cambodia border Sunday to prevent illegal entry into the country as the latter experiences a spike in Covid-19 cases.

In Tay Ninh, 258 personnel will be patrolling open and remote trails with border guards to prevent people crossing illegally.

Meanwhile, 56 soldiers in Binh Phuoc have arrived at the border guard post to help prevent smuggling and the potential spread of Covid-19.

Tay Ninh boasts a 240 kilometer border with Cambodia, along which authorities have set up 129 posts with over on-duty 600 personnel.

Binh Phuoc Province has set up 62 posts and 11 stations along its 260 kilometer border.

Vietnam has also dispatched hundreds of military personnel to the Laos border to ensure no one enters the country illegally, possibly bringing with them the coronavirus. The Vietnam-Laos border runs 2,161 kilometers (1,342 miles) across 10 northern and central provinces.

Vietnam has recorded 24 community Covid-19 cases since April 29. The nation’s Covid-19 tally of 2,962 cases to date includes 2,549 recoveries and 35 deaths.

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