Vietnam mulls over halting visa waiver for EU and UK over COVID-19

10:23 | 09/03/2020
The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control plans to propose the prime minister to suspend the unilateral visa waiver programme for the EU and the UK as a way to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
vietnam mulls over halting visa waiver for eu and uk over covid 19
Deputy Prime Minister chairing the committee’s meeting on March 8

The committee at the meeting on March 8 discussed the suspension and agreed to make the proposal to the PM as the fatal epidemic situation has undergone serious developments, with new infections increasing rapidly in the EU, the ,UK and other countries.

Countries outside the EU bloc having more than 500 infection cases and the patient count increasing by 50 each day are also proposed to have the visa waiver policy suspended.

Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Vu Duc Dam said that Vietnam is now in the second scenario of fighting against the novel epidemic. The country is preparing for potential serious developments, but he was quick to assure that the situation is still firmly under control.

From March 7, Vietnam has also started to apply compulsory electronic health declarations for all passengers entering Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Dam also ordered compulsory health declarations for all Vietnamese starting from March 10.

According to the latest update from the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 has now infected 109,650 people globally, including 80,699 in China. As many as 101 countries and territories outside China report a total of 28,951 infections. The fatal epidemic has killed over 3,800 people, including 704 outside China.

The latest update on countries and territories outside of China with COVID-19 infections as of 6am, March 9

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Countries/territories

Infections

Deaths

1

Italy

7375

366

2

South Korea

7313

50

3

Iran

6566

194

4

France

1126

19

5

Germany

1040

0

6

Diamond Princess

696

7

7

Spain

673

17

8

US

530

21

9

Japan

461

6

10

Switzerland

332

2

11

UK

273

3

12

Netherlands

265

3

13

Sweden

203

0

14

Belgium

200

0

15

Norway

174

0

16

Singapore

150

0

17

Hong Kong (TQ)

115

2

18

Austria

104

0

19

Malaysia

99

0

20

Australia

80

3

21

Bahrain

79

0

22

Greece

73

0

23

Kuwait

64

0

24

Canada

64

0

25

Iraq

60

5

26

Iceland

55

0

27

Egypt

49

1

28

Thailand

47

1

29

Taiwan

45

1

30

UAE

45

0

31

India

39

0

32

Israel

39

0

33

Lebanon

32

0

34

Vietnam

30

0

35

Portugal

30

0

36

Brazil

25

0

37

Finland

23

0

38

Ireland

21

0

39

Algeria

20

0

40

Czech Republic

19

0

41

San Marino

16

1

42

Oman

16

0

43

Denmark

15

0

44

Russia

15

0

45

Qatar

15

0

46

Ecuador

14

0

47

Romania

14

0

48

Slovenia

12

0

49

Argentina

12

1

50

Saudi Arabic

11

0

51

Poland

11

0

52

Macau (China)

10

0

53

Croatia

10

0

54

The Philippines

10

1

55

Chile

10

0

56

Georgia

9

0

57

Mexico

7

0

58

Belarus

6

0

59

Azerbaijan

6

0

60

Indonesia

6

0

61

Peru

6

0

62

Pakistan

5

0

63

Estonia

5

0

64

New Zealand

5

0

65

Costa rica

5

0

66

Luxembourg

5

0

67

Senegal

4

0

68

Palestine

4

0

69

Afghanistan

4

0

70

Bulgaria

4

0

71

Maldives

4

0

72

Slovakia

3

0

73

South Afria

3

0

74

Hungary

2

0

75

Bosnia

2

0

76

Morocco

2

0

77

Cambodia

2

0

78

Cameroon

2

0

79

Tunisia

2

0

80

Latvia

2

0

81

Nepal

1

0

82

Sri Lanka

1

0

83

North Macedonia

1

0

84

Nigeria

1

0

85

Lithuania

1

0

86

Monaco

1

0

87

Dominican

1

0

88

Armenia

1

0

89

Andorra

1

0

90

Jordan

1

0

91

Ukraine

1

0

92

Liechtenstein

1

0

93

Bhutan

1

0

94

Gibraltar

1

0

95

Serbia

1

0

96

Vatican

1

0

97

Moldova

1

0

98

Malta

1

0

99

Togo

1

0

100

Paraguay

1

0

101

Colombia

1

0

Total 28,951 704

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