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Man sentened to five years in prison on Monday for violating the strict quarantine rules of Covid-19 and passing the virus to others.
Le Van Tri, 28, was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” in a one-day trial before a people’s court in the southern province of Ca Mau, the Vietnamese state news agency reported.
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Le Van Tri was found guilty of “transmitting dangerous infectious diseases” to 8 people,1 of whom eventually died.
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Vietnam is one of the global coronavirus success stories thanks to targeted mass testing, aggressive contact tracing, strict border restrictions and strict quarantine.
But new groups of infection since late April have tarnished this record.
“Tri returned to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City … and broke the 21-day quarantine rules,” the news agency said.
Peoples were infected
“Eight people were infected with Tri, one of whom died from the virus after a month of treatment,” he added.
Reuters did not immediately contact the Ca Mau courthouse for comment.
Vietnam is facing a worsening of the COVID-19 outbreak which has infected more than 536,000 people and killed 13,385 people, the vast majority in recent months.
The country sentenced two other people to 18 months and a suspended sentence of two years for the same charge.
The Southeast Asian country has successfully treated the virus for much of the pandemic, but the virulent Delta variant has proved more difficult in recent months.
Hanoi, which since July had ordered people to stay at home and stop all non-essential activities, has now divided the city into “red”, “orange” and “green” zones, depending on the risk of infection.
“As a result, people in the red zones have to seek shelter and one person from each family is tested there three times a week,” a statement from city officials said, adding that in other areas, every five to ten people would be evaluated. . for seven days.
The barricades separated the red zones from the other zones on Monday, photos on social media and media showed.
Hanoi authorities expect up to 1.5 million samples to be taken next week. The government wants to prevent the epidemic from reaching the intensity seen in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the southern mall, people were encouraged to get tested with COVID-19 antigen kits after health services were overwhelmed.
Hanoi has reported an average of 50 cases per day and has recorded more than 4,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to official data.
One third of Hanoi’s 8 million residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and on Sunday the Ministry of Health asked the capital and Ho Chi Minh City to vaccinate all adult residents with at least one dose by September 15.
Vietnam has one of the lowest coronavirus vaccination rates in the region: only 3.3% of the 98 million people are fully vaccinated and 15.4% with a single injection.