Jailed for spreading COVID-19
HANOI: A man in Vietnam has been jailed for five years for breaking strict COVID-19 quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others.
Le Van Tri, 28, was convicted on Monday of ‘‘spreading dangerous infectious diseases’’ at a one-day trial at the People’s Court of the southern province of Ca Mau, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam has been one of the world’s coronavirus success stories, thanks to targeted mass testing, aggressive contact tracing, tight border restrictions and strict quarantine.
But new clusters of infections since late April have tarnished that record.
Vietnam is battling a worsening outbreak that has infected more than 536,000 people and killed 13,385, the vast majority in the past few months.
The country has sentenced two other people to 18-month and two-year suspended jail terms on the same charges.