344 Vietnamese return home from Taiwan on charter flight

14 Thais who flew home from Taiwan suspected of having COVID-19 tested negative, according to CECC

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Vietnamese checking in for a charter flight home at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport May 29 
Vietnamese passengers in full protective gear at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 

Vietnamese checking in for a charter flight home at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport May 29  (CNA photo)

Vietnamese passengers in full protective gear at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a rare scene during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, crowds appeared at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Friday (May 29) afternoon.

The passengers lining up in the departure hall were 344 Vietnamese citizens checking in for a charter flight home, CNA reported. The group included seven pregnant women and ill people, but also 11 illegal immigrants who were being extradited.

As measures designed to prevent infections led to regular flights between Taiwan and Vietnam being halted, Vietnamese citizens working in Taiwan found it impossible to return home. The charter flight was the first to be organized to fly Vietnamese home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

Earlier, 14 Thai citizens returning home from Taiwan with 151 other compatriots had been treated as suspected coronavirus cases, but subsequent tests had turned out negative, according to the CECC.