Vietnam travel advisory vote: 32% support it
VICTORIA (Reuters) – A majority of Virginians would like the federal government to lift its travel advisory from the state, according to a poll released on Tuesday, as the U.S. government ramps up efforts to contain the virus in Vietnam.
The Public Policy Institute of Virginia, which surveyed more than 2,500 Virginians on the issue, said the results showed more Virginians were concerned than ever about the spread of the virus.
Virginians were also more likely than other Virginians to say that the federal travel advisory should remain in place, the survey showed.
The poll was conducted by online polling company SurveyMonkey from Oct. 15-19.
Ralph Northam said in a statement the poll showed the public’s support for lifting the advisory was “strong and growing.”
Northam said Virginians should remain vigilant about their health and remain engaged in political conversations with Congress.
Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii have also announced plans to roll out additional travel advisories in the coming days.
Northam’s predecessor, Governor Brian Sandoval, signed an executive order last month allowing Virginians in the United States to board commercial flights and travel overseas, a move he said was necessary to help fight the virus and prevent additional travel from reaching the United Kingdom and other countries.
In June, a U.N. agency said the virus has spread to at least 10 countries in Southeast Asia and that more than 200,000 people have died in Vietnam since April.
Vietnam has declared a national emergency for the first time and the country is trying to curb the spread.