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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.

Go deeper: Lockdown issued in Hanoi due to COVID-19 surge in Vietnam

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Oct 14, 2021 - Health

New COVID cases down, but the West is at risk

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

For the first time since early August, the U.S. is averaging fewer than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.

Why it matters: This U.S. has blown opportunities like this before, but the prospect of controlling the virus and being able to safely put pandemic life behind us is once again within reach.

Oct 14, 2021 - World

Pakistan Airlines halts flights to Kabul citing "heavy-handedness" of Taliban

Passengers board a Pakistan International Airlines flight in Kabul on Sept 13. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan International Airlines on Thursday halted flights to Kabul after what it called "heavy-handedness" of Taliban authorities, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The suspension comes after the Taliban ordered PIA to slash ticket prices, warning that the company's Afghan operations could be blocked if it refused to do so, per Reuters.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.