A woman in Vietnam’s highland province of Lam Dong has been detained and prosecuted for deliberately spreading Covid-19 to other people.
The local police on August 9 prosecuted 46-year-old Vu Thi Thao after she recovered from Covid-19 and was discharged from hospital. She was charged with deliberately spreading dangerous contagious diseases to other people, the Tien Phong Newspaper reported.
Initial investigation showed that, before tested positive for Covid-19, she was a fruit seller in HCMC. When the market closed for Covid-19 prevention, Thao and her boyfriend travelled to Da Teh District of Lam Dong prorince by motorbike on June 26.
When they went to a Covid-19 checkpoint, Thao and her boyfriend told the authorities that they had returned from Dong Nai Province to avoid a mandatory 21-day quarantine period. But they wrote in the medical declaration forms that they returned from Ea Khal Commune in Dak Lak Province.
After receiving a report that Thao didn’t fill in her medical declaration truthfully, the police asked Thao and her boyfriend to go to the local medical station. Thao insisted that they had returned from Dong Nai.
Thao and her boyfriend were brought to quarantine facility and tested for Covid-19. Thao tested positive for Covid-19 on July 2, according to Tien Phong Newspaper.
The local authorities had to conduct viral tests for thousands of people who had been in contact with Thao and four of them tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, local authorities had to apply social distancing in Phu Hoa Village for 15 days. She was treated and discharged from the hospital on August 3.
An additional 4,802 Covid-19 infections were confirmed in the past 12 hours in Vietnam, and over 1.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in the country on Tuesday, Ministry of Health reported.
According to the report, 4,792 of the newly-confirmed patients are locally-transmitted cases most of whom were detected in quarantine sites or areas under lockdown in some localities such as Ho Chi Minh City (2,128 cases), Binh Duong (936), Long An (515), Dong Nai (428), Tay Ninh (263), Tien Giang (177), and Ba Ria-Vung Tau (102). Among these new infections, 1,135 cases were found in the community. There were 10 imported patients recorded.