A flight attendant employed by Vietnam Airlines served a two-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of breaking the rules for restricting and spreading the coronavirus to others, authorities said.
On Tuesday, a Vietnamese court sentenced Duong Tan Hau for “spreading dangerous infectious diseases,” Reuters reports. In November, the 29-year-old flight attendant violated the 14-day national quarantine order when he came into contact with 46 other people following a flight from Japan, the People’s Court found. of Ho Chi Minh City.
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According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, Hau “visited cafes, restaurants and took English lessons” during what was supposed to be a stint in solitary confinement. He tested positive for COVID-19 on November 28.
Hau infected at least three other people during this time. Its violations led to the quarantine and testing of around 2,000 more, which cost the government $ 194,192 (4.48 billion dong).
“Hau’s violation was serious, endangered the company and endangered the safety of the community,” local media reported, according to Reuters. A spokesperson for the carrier was not immediately available to offer further comment to Fox News on Hau’s employment status.
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Vietnam, meanwhile, has strict coronavirus testing, tracing and quarantine requirements for citizens. To date, 2,594 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths have been reported in Vietnam, according to Johns Hopkins University.