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Coronavirus in Asia: Charlotte Fisher on being caught up in Vietnam

Our former journalist wanted to let you know how she was doing.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:05pm 16th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Coronavirus in Asia: Charlotte Fisher on being caught up in Vietnam

Coronavirus is of course affecting the world as a whole and one of our own has been caught up in the crisis in Asia.

Our former Broadcast Journalist Charlotte Fisher left to go on her travels in November and has sent us an update from Hanoi Airport in Vietnam.

This is what she wanted to say:

I have been travelling South East Asia for the last 4 months.

Even when we found out about COVID-19 there was no disruption to our travel plans until around a week ago.

There was a flight from the UK to Hanoi in Vietnam and a passenger on the aircraft was infected with COVID-19. I was in Hanoi when this happened and the government started putting drastic measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

Everyone that was on that flight was quarantined and tested, which meant lots of areas around the north of Vietnam were closing down.

Tours were stopped, people weren't allowed to travel to islands and hostels were shutting. This made it extremely difficult to travel. In fact the hostel we were staying at in Hanoi is closing for good on 13th March, because they cannot afford to keep it open.

There are now lots of restrictions in place for people entering the country, so there are very little tourists at the minute. It's very sad to see, the streets are quieter and lots of places are shut.

I think it's only a matter of time before other SEA countries follow in Vietnam's footsteps, which will make it near on impossible to travel. 

And later, after travelling...

The Philippines closed its borders after we got here and we are being told to leave the island we're on.

We're going to get stuck here for a month on one island most likely until the lockdown ends - I'll keep you posted.

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