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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.

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