Sep 7, 2021 - World

Vietnam court sentences man to 5 years in jail for spreading COVID-19

Residents wait to provide swab samples for Covid-19 testing along a street in Hanoi on August 18, 2021,
Residents wait to provide swab samples for Covid-19 testing along a street in Hanoi on August 18, 2021 amid a two-week lockdown. Photo: Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images

A Vietnamese man on Monday was jailed for five years for breaking the country's COVID-19 quarantine rules and spreading the virus, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Le Van Tri, 28, who was convicted of "spreading dangerous infectious diseases," breached the 21-day quarantine regulations after traveling back to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported, per Reuters.

  • "Tri infected eight people, one of whom died due to the virus after one month of treatment," state media reported.
  • Vietnam has sentenced two other people to 18-month and two-year suspended jail terms on the same charges, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Vietnam had maintained relatively low COVID case numbers due to mass testing, aggressive contact tracing and strict quarantine rules early in the pandemic, per Reuters.

  • The country is battling recent surges of the virus, however, and the government has imposed strict lockdowns.
  • A worsening COVID outbreak in Vietnam has infected more than 536,000 people and killed 13,385 — the majority of cases happening in the past few months, per Reuters.

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