Chinese citizens were advised to do so by entering Vietnam illegally for a transit to Cambodia.
Illegal entrants were uncooperative, the competent agencies are still working on finding out their travel history
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After the competent forces of An Giang Province discovered 34 Chinese citizens who entered Vietnam illegally in an attempt to leave for Cambodia, they were taken to quarantine centers and underwent Covid-19 testing, said the provincial steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control on March 8.
The steering committee asked the local authorities to continue their investigation and contact tracing efforts linked to these illegal immigrants, reported VietnamPlus news site.
Earlier, at around 9 p.m. on March 4, the local police found a car transporting seven Chinese citizens in the province’s Chau Doc City. They were suspected of preparing to enter Cambodia illegally. The car, with plate number 60AQ-799.92, was driven by Bui Van Duong, a 31-year-old resident of Ca Mau Province.
The Chinese nationals admitted that they intended to find jobs in Cambodia and were advised to do so by entering Vietnam illegally for a transit to Cambodia.
Similarly, at around 9 p.m. on March 6, local competent forces discovered two cars carrying 14 Chinese nationals en route from Chau Doc City to HCMC. The two drivers were identified as Ton Trung Manh, a 44-year-old resident of Dong Nai Province, and Nguyen Minh Canh, aged 50 and residing in An Giang Province.
The forces then took the 14 Chinese people and the two drivers to a local medical center for further questioning.
However, as they were uncooperative, the competent agencies could only ascertain their personal information and are still working on finding out further information about their travel history.
On March 7, the local police in Chau Doc City found another car carrying 13 Chinese nationals who were suspected of illegally entering Vietnam in an attempt to leave for Cambodia.
Given the illegal entry of foreign citizens amid the pandemic, the steering committee requested the local authorities and residents to stay vigilant over similar cases and ramp up efforts to fight Covid-19.
This article was originally published in The Saigon Times