Daily US Times: A Vietnamese court handed a two-year suspended jail term to a flight attendant of Vietnam Airlines on Tuesday after finding him guilty of breaking coronavirus quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others, according to police.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that 29-year-old Duong Tan Hau was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” at the one-day trial at the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam has been praised for its efforts to contain Covid-19 through mass tracing and testing and strict centralized quarantining.
The country has recorded fewer than 2,600 coronavirus infections and only 35 deaths due to the disease.
According to the indictment posted on a police ministry website, Hau breached Vietnam’s 14-day quarantine regulations and met 46 other people following his flight from Japan in November.
The flight attendant had mingled with other people during a stint in state quarantine and, according to the indictment visited restaurants, cafes and attended English classes while he was supposed to be self-isolating.
On November 28, he tested positive for Covid-19.
Hau’s violations of quarantine rules resulted in the quarantine and testing of around 2,000 other people in the city at a cost of 4.48 billion dong (about $194,000), according to the indictment.
State media reports that he had infected at least three other people.
The statement said: “Hau’s violation was serious, put society in danger and endangered the safety of the community.”