“We knew it is a huge risk and very dangerous to stay in a closed frozen truck, but we faced a higher risk if we were infected with the virus,” the report quoted a man travelling with his seven-year-old son as saying.
According to the report, the group travelled dozens of kilometres in the sealed truck from southern Dong Nai province, an industrial area that has recorded more than 35,000 COVID-19 cases and 320 deaths.
The province has been in total lockdown since early July and makeshift hospitals have been set up to treat tens of thousands of infected patients.
The people in the truck were reportedly trying to reach their homes in central Vietnam.
Vietnam has suspended all public road and air transport links from the south, which has been hit the hardest by the country’s most severe wave of the pandemic so far.
The country has reported more than 610,000 virus cases, with more than 11,400 deaths.
In October 2019, 31 men and eight women from Vietnam, were found dead in a refrigerated truck near London, highlighting the enormous risks of illegal migration to Europe and sparking an international outcry.