A Vietnamese man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for breaking covid-19’s strict quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others, state media reported.
According to the CNN, citing the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), the 28-year-old Le Van Tri was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” by the People’s Court in the southern province of Ca Mau.
Vietnam has been successful in fighting coronaviruses, thanks to mass tests, screenings, strict border restrictions and quarantine.
“Tung returned to Ca Mau [a partir] from Ho Chi Minh City and violated the 21-day quarantine regulations,” the agency said, adding that the man ended up infecting “eight people, one of whom died from the virus after a month of treatment”.
Ca Mau, Vietnam’s southernmost province, reported only 191 cases and two deaths since the start of the pandemic. The country is fighting the worsening of covid-19, which has infected more than 536,000 people and killed 13,385, the vast majority in recent months.
The country sentenced two other people to suspended prison terms of 18 months and two years on the same charges.
Taísa Pagno //