Vietnamese man jailed for 5 years for “spread” of Covid

The jailed man was accused of violating the 21-day home quarantine rule. (Representative)


A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to five years in prison for spreading Covid-19 after violating home quarantine rules.

Le Van Tri was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases to other people” after traveling from coronavirus hotspot Ho Chi Minh City to his home province of Ca Mau in July, according to a report on the Provincial People’s Court website.

The 28-year-old was accused of breaching the 21-day home quarantine regulation in the southern province, which has a lower case rate than Ho Chi Minh City, and tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7.

According to the court report, “Volution of Tri’s home medical quarantine regulation resulted in several people getting infected with COVID-19 and one person died on 7 August 2021.”

State media said that eight people got infected because of TRAI.

After keeping case numbers low last year, Vietnam is dealing with its most severe Covid-19 outbreak so far, recording nearly 540,000 infections and more than 13,000 deaths.

Most of the infections and deaths have been reported since late April, and Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City have been under strict lockdown for the past few months.

Many people in Vietnam have been sentenced for spreading Kovid-19.

A 32-year-old man in Hai Duong was sentenced to 18 months in prison in July and a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant was sentenced to two years in suspended prison in March for the same charge.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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