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Vietnam court sentences man to five years in jail for breaking quarantine rules, spreading COVID-19

A Vietnamese man was jailed for five years on Monday for violating the country’s quarantine rules and spreading the virus. 

Le Van Tri, 28, was convicted of spreading COVID-19 after breaking the 21-day quarantine regulations due to motorcycle travels from Ca Mau to Ho Chi Minh City (USA Today) back in July. He transmitted the virus to eight people, one of which died after month long treatment. He was discovered that he lied on a health declaration form as well. 

Ca Mau, the southernmost province of Vietnam, has only had 191 cases and two deaths since the start of the pandemic. In Ho Chi Minh City, nearly 260,000 cases and 10,685 deaths have occurred. Vietnam once had low COVID numbers due to mass testing, border restrictions, strict quarantines and contact tracing.

However, the Delta variant has caused a large increase in case numbers. This outbreak has led to over 536,000 people infected and has killed 13,385 people in Vietnam. Much of these cases have occurred over the past few months. Vietnam has sentenced two other people to 18-months and two-year suspended jail time for similar types of charges (Reuters). 

ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: AXIOS

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