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South Korea removes Vietnam from strengthened quarantine requirement list

By Hoang Phong   March 31, 2022 | 11:24 pm PT
South Korea removes Vietnam from strengthened quarantine requirement list
Women wearing masks walk in a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Heo Ran
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced it had pulled Vietnam, Myanmar and Ukraine off its list of countries with strengthened quarantine requirements.

The decision came after health experts from the agency held a meeting on Thursday to analyze "overall Covid risks by country and the number of confirmed imported cases from each," Vietnam News Agency reported, citing a source from KDCA.

Earlier, South Korea added Vietnam, Myanmar and Ukraine to its list of countries with strengthened quarantine requirements in which arrivals from these countries would have to undergo seven-day self-quarantine upon arriving from April 1 regardless of vaccination status.

Vietnam resumed commercial flights to Seoul from Jan. 1.

The Southeast Asian country has seen a surge in daily Covid cases for more than a month now, mostly in northern provinces since after the Lunar New Year break in early February.

Yet the number of hospitalized cases and deaths have dropped, according to the Health Ministry.

Around 200,000 Vietnamese live in South Korea.

 
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