A wanted Vietnamese man, who had fled to Thailand for months, has been arrested at a centralized quarantine facility for people being monitored for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vietnam.
Police in Ba Don Town of Quang Binh Province, located in the north-central part of the country, on Monday said that they had taken Le Duy Cuong, 24, away from a local quarantine camp.
Cuong, of the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, has been wanted by police in Yen Phong District of the northern province of Bac Ninh since October 16, 2019 for “deliberately inflicting injury.”
According to police officers, Cuong escaped to Thailand after commiting the crime.
Recently, due to the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand, he returned to Vietnam at the end of March.
Upon his re-entry into Vietnam via Cha Lo International Border Gate in Quang Binh, he was transported to the centralized quarantine facility in Ba Don Town as per the government’s regulation mandating that all arrivals to the country from March 21 be placed in 14-day isolation.
It was not until recently that police in Ba Don Town found out their Bac Ninh colleagues had been searching for Cuong for months. An arrest warrant for the man was immediately issued.
Since his apprehension, Cuong has continued to be placed under quarantine as a precaution against COVID-19.
Police in Ba Don Town expect to hand Cuong over to police in Yen Phong District when he finishes his mandatory quarantine on April 17.
Vietnam has reported 265 cases of coronavirus infections, of whom 168 have recovered.
No death related to COVID-19 has been recorded in the country.
Vietnam has placed 75,291 people under quarantine as of Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health's data.