|A border soldier patrols the border in Hà Tĩnh Province to prevent illegal entry into Việt Nam amid the COVID-19 pandemic. — Photo dantri.com.vn|
HÀ TĨNH — Border guards in the central province of Hà Tĩnh have arrested 20 people (including 15 Vietnamese citizens and five foreigners) who were crossing the Việt Nam-Laos border illegally.
They were discovered when the border guards patrolled trails and openings along the border to prevent illegal entry into Việt Nam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dân Trí online newspaper reported.
Fifteen Vietnamese were given medical examinations and put under quarantine in Hương Sơn District.
Five foreigners were forced to return to Laos.
Border authorities in Hà Tĩnh Province also set up 16 checkpoints at the trails and roads along the border and nine patrol teams to strictly control all travel through border gates as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. — VNS