A man has been jailed for five years after being accused of flouting Covid-19 rule in Vietnam.
Le Van Tri, from Ca Mau, was found guilty of ‘transmitting dangerous infectious diseases’ to eight people, which led to one person’s death.
According to Vietnam News Agency, the trial only lasted one day.
A report from the state-run publication stated: “Tung travelled back to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City and breached the 21-day quarantine regulations.
“Tung infected eight people, one of whom died due to the virus after one month of treatment.”
The 28-year-old is from the country’s most southern province, where just 191 cases and two deaths have been reported there since the pandemic began.
However, since June, the country has seen a surge in cases thanks to the Delta variant, which is more contagious.
The capital Ho Chi Minh city has reported 260,000 cases and 10,685 deaths, almost half of the entire county’s 530,000 cases, and most of their 13,385 deaths.
According to BBC, Tri made the trip in early July, when he travelled by motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City home to Ca Mau.
He is reportedly said to have lied on a health declaration form that asked about his recent travel history and also failed to comply with isolation rules.
At the time, local authorities had made it mandatory that anyone travelling from other provinces into Ca Mau had to immediately self-isolate for 21 days.
Tri tested positive for Covid and is said to have passed it on to several members as well as staff at a medical centre he visited.
He was also fined the equivalent of £630.
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