Vietnamese sentenced to five years in prison for spreading COVID-19 informs Al Jazeera citing Vietnam News Agency.
A court in the city of Kamau found 28-year-old Le Van Tri guilty of “transmitting a dangerous infectious disease” to eight people, one of whom later died. In addition to a prison sentence, the convict was fined $ 880.
In early July, Le Van Tri rode a motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City to Kamau Province. There he indicated false information about his recent travels, and also did not comply with quarantine measures. At that time, the province had a mandatory 21-day self-isolation for all who come from other parts of the country.
Later, the visitor was tested for coronavirus, the result was positive. It also turned out that the man had infected COVID-19 with his family members and an employee of the social center he was visiting. One patient died on 7 August.
This is the third and harshest sentence for the spread of the infection. Earlier, two of the guilty were sentenced to 1.5 and 2 years in prison. One of them turned out to be a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant, notes NDTV.
Since late April, Vietnam has maintained very high rates of infection and death from COVID-19. In total, about 540 thousand people fell ill, of which 13 thousand died.
In the capital of the country Hanoi and the economic center of Ho Chi Minh City, strict sanitary restrictions have been in place for several months. The largest coronavirus outbreak was in Ho Chi Minh City, where 10,685 people have died. Since August 23, residents of the city are not even allowed to go to the grocery store. Ho Chi Minh City is home to 9 million people. Army units have been introduced into the city to monitor compliance with quarantine and deliver food.