Troops guard border against COVID-19 risks

16:47 28/09/2021

Border guards stationed at the Ha Tien international border gate patrol and control the southwestern border around the clock in order to prevent the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 into Vietnam.

Hundreds of soldiers have been mobilised to the Ha Tien border gate over recent times as the COVID-19 outbreak prompted many people to seek ways to enter Vietnam illegally, posing a high risk of spreading COVID-19.

Hundreds of soldiers have been mobilised to the Ha Tien border gate over recent times as the COVID-19 outbreak prompted many people to seek ways to enter Vietnam illegally, posing a high risk of spreading COVID-19.

The first Vietnamese citizen returning from Cambodia tested positive in March 2020 after crossing the border gate. So far the Ha Tien border gate has received roughly 6,000 expats, including 105 diagnosed with COVID-19.

The first Vietnamese citizen returning from Cambodia tested positive in March 2020 after crossing the border gate. So far the Ha Tien border gate has received roughly 6,000 expats, including 105 diagnosed with COVID-19.

The border guard station has set up a total of 53 checkpoints along the border with Cambodia’s Kampot province to prevent acts of illegal entry and smuggling.

The border guard station has set up a total of 53 checkpoints along the border with Cambodia’s Kampot province to prevent acts of illegal entry and smuggling.

Along with undertaking the COVID-19 prevention tasks, the soldiers often offer face masks to families of Cambodian people living along the border.

Along with undertaking the COVID-19 prevention tasks, the soldiers often offer face masks to families of Cambodian people living along the border.

Chau Thi Suu, a Cambodian national married to a Vietnamese man, says her family also receives assistance from border guards since her beverage outlet was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chau Thi Suu, a Cambodian national married to a Vietnamese man, says her family also receives assistance from border guards since her beverage outlet was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is common for relatives to often visit each other along the border, although these days social distancing measures cause difficulties for these visits. Photographed is a Cambodian citizen on the other side of the border carrying items to his relatives in Vietnam.

It is common for relatives to often visit each other along the border, although these days social distancing measures cause difficulties for these visits. Photographed is a Cambodian citizen on the other side of the border carrying items to his relatives in Vietnam.

Those who wish to send goods to relatives can place the items at the landmark, which are then transferred to their relatives by border guards.

Those who wish to send goods to relatives can place the items at the landmark, which are then transferred to their relatives by border guards.

Vietnamese national flags flutter along the border.

Vietnamese national flags flutter along the border.

Border guards have successfully detained many people attempting to illegally enter the nation by sea.

Border guards have successfully detained many people attempting to illegally enter the nation by sea.

Soldiers are on patrol for the whole day to control the pandemic along the border.

Soldiers are on patrol for the whole day to control the pandemic along the border.

Most on-duty soldiers are young and must deal with the daily risk of virus transmission.

Most on-duty soldiers are young and must deal with the daily risk of virus transmission.

Vietnam has a 1,270km long border with Cambodia crossing 10 Vietnamese and nine Cambodian localities.

Vietnam has a 1,270km long border with Cambodia crossing 10 Vietnamese and nine Cambodian localities.
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