A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a Vietnam Airlines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a Vietnam Airlines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: AFP

Vietnam’s tight lid on the coronavirus leaves many citizens desperate to return, with illegal border crossings on the rise

  • Since it sealed itself off from the world last March, Vietnam has recorded just over 1,500 Covid-19 infections – but many of its nationals are stranded abroad
  • They are eager to come home ahead of the Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday next month, and face job and income losses as well as scanty information about repatriation

A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a Vietnam Airlines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a Vietnam Airlines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: AFP
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