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Vietnam rushes to repatriate COVID-infected workers

First plane carrying over 200 from African dam project arrives in Hanoi on Wednesday

Hanoi’s move to repatriate COVID-infected workers comes as the country tries to contain its first locally transmitted infections in three months in central Vietnam.     © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's government has made plans for multiple flights to bring back about 500 nationals stranded overseas, more than half of whom have contracted COVID-19.

The first flight is set to land at Noi Bai International Airport, the capital's air hub, at about noon local time Wednesday, carrying 219 Vietnamese from Equatorial Guinea, where they have been building a hydropower project. Of this group, 120 have tested positive for COVID-19.

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