The government of Vietnam has decided to close its borders with Laos and Cambodia, from April 1, in an effort to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.

According to the ministry, the last measure has been taken after a large share of countries have already closed their borders and restricted travelling amid COVID-19, VisaGuide.World reports.

“Given the complex developments of COVID-19 across the region and the world, to maximize the efficacy of domestic anti-pandemic measures, the Vietnamese government has decided to temporarily suspend all cross-border movement for people at the main and side border gates, and trails along the borderlines of Viet Nam – Cambodia and Viet Nam – Laos, respectively. The suspension will come into effect from 00:00 April 1 2020,” the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s statement reads.

On March 20, Cambodia banned entry for all Vietnamese citizens, while Laos closed its borders to foreign citizens from March 30 until April 19. The main and side borders along the Vietnam- Lao borderlines have also been closed from March 19, until April 20.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on March 29 announced that all inbound flights into the country had been temporarily suspended for the next two weeks, in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, Vietnam announced a national lockdown as a response to the deadly infection, urging up to 100 million people to not go outside, except for essential cases.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister signed a directive on Tuesday that prohibited the movement of Vietnam’s citizens for 15 days, starting from Monday.

The new move includes shutting down businesses, except those deemed essential.

There have been reported up to 218 cases of SARS-Cov2-2, in Vietnam, as yet. Up to 800,000 persons have contracted the virus worldwide, while the number of deaths has reached 43,569.

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