A 28-year-old Vietnamese man accused of flouting strict Covid 19 quarantine rules and spreading Coronavirus infection among his contacts has been sentenced to jail for five years

According to local media reports from Vietnam, Le Van Tri was pronounced guilty of "spreading dangerous infectious diseases to other people" after he travelled to his hometown in  Ca Mau province from Covid hotspot Ho Chi Minh City in July, according to a report on the website of the provincial People's Court.

"Tri travelled back to Ca Mau from Ho Chi Minh City ... and breached the 21-day quarantine regulations," reported state-run Vietnam News Agency.

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Ho Chi city had a lower Covid case rate than Ho Chi Minh City and the accused had tested positive for Covid on July 7. 

In a similar case, in Vietnam,, a 32-year-old man in  Hai Duong was sentenced to  18 months in July and a flight attendant was given a two-year suspended jail term in March for the same charge.

"Tri's breach of the home medical quarantine regulation led to many people becoming infected with Covid-19 and one person died on 7 August 2021," the court report said. 

After having successfully contained the spread of Covid during the first wave in 2020 reporting the lowest cases in the world, the pandemic situation in Vietnam has turned worse, with around 540,000 infections being recorded and over 13,000 deaths. The majority of deaths and infections have been reported since April, prompting authorities to put the capital city Hanoi and commercial hub Ho Chi Minh city under stringent lockdown rules for most of the past few months.

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The state media reported that eight have contracted Coronavirus because of Tri. 

Vietnam has come up as a smart country in containing the virus spread which resulted from targeting mass testing, aggressive contact tracing, tight border restrictions and strict quarantine. However, new clusters this year have spoiled the hard work. Meanwhile, looking at the condition of the country, the health ministry has ordered that Ho Chi Minh City and capital Hanoi all adults be vaccinated with at least one dose of Covid vaccine by September 15.

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