Vietnam is opening up as Asean reported over 31,000 Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Oct 24)


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BANGKOK, Oct 24 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): South-East Asia saw a decrease in new Covid-19 cases and related deaths on Saturday (Oct 23), collated data showed.

Asean countries reported 31,057 infections and 355 deaths on Saturday compared to 32,368 and 585 respectively on Friday.

Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed that Kedah state's Langkawi island will be reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists without mandatory quarantine under the travel bubble pilot project.

Foreign tourists must stay in Langkawi for at least three days and make insurance coverage of at least US$80,000.

Vietnam Tourism and Health Ministries announced that fully vaccinated foreign tourists who have vaccination certificates and proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours can enter Phú Quốc, the country's largest resort island.

However, the ministries haven't revealed a list of countries that are allowed to enter the island yet.

Vietnam government has set a target of welcoming 3,000-5,000 visitors between December to March.

Vietnam reported 3,373 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including 3,361 locally transmitted and 12 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 749 in Ho Chi Minh City, 605 in Dong Nai province, and 517 in Binh Duong province.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 884,895, with 21,620 deaths, the ministry said.

Nationwide, 804,664 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 1,338 from Friday, while nearly 72 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, according to the ministry.

As of Saturday, Vietnam has registered 880,149 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.

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