A man has been jailed for five years in Vietnam after breaking rigid Covid-19 quarantine guidelines and spreading the virus to other people.
According to Reuters, Le Van Tri, the 28-year-old man in question, was convicted during a one-day trial at the People’s Court of the southern Vietnamese province Ca Mau of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases”.
Tri traveled back to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City and therefore breached the 21-day quarantine regulations.
It was also reported that Tri had “infected eight people,” and one passed away “after one month after treatment.”
Since the outbreak Ca Mau had reported only 191 cases and two deaths, in contrast to the more than 260,000 cases and 10,685 deaths in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s hotspot for the virus.
Due to staunch border controls, quarantine, diligent contact tracing, and much more, Vietnam had a triumphant streak of success stories when it came to coronavirus management. However, since late April, the outbreak has infected more than 536,000 people and killed 13,300, with the largest portion of the deaths occurring in the last few months.
This is the only person to experience jail time for breaching Covid-19 protocols. Reuters also reported that the country has also given two people 18 month and two-year suspension incarceration terms for the breach.