JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnamese commune chairman suspended for gambling amid COVID-19 social distancing

Vietnamese commune chairman suspended for gambling amid COVID-19 social distancing

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 17:37 GMT+7
Vietnamese commune chairman suspended for gambling amid COVID-19 social distancing
Pham Dai Dung (right), chairman of Huong Lam Commune in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, sits in a circle with other gamblers in this supplied photo.

The chairman of a commune in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh has been suspended after he was pictured gathering with a group of people for gambling amid novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) social distancing.

Pham Dai Dung, chairman of Huong Lam Commune in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh, and at least five other men were captured sitting in a circle on a mat with betting money and playing cards placed in front of them, in a photo submitted to the Huong Khe District administration.

Each of the gamblers reportedly bet VND50,000 (US$2.12) for each round of game in the beginning, before increasing the betting amount to millions of Vietnamese dong per round. (VND1 million = $42.56)

Noticeably, it is reported that the gambling took placed at a local resident’s house early this month, after Dung had just finished a shift on COVID-19 prevention and control.

None of the gamblers were wearing a face mask in the photo, and were sitting elbow-to-elbow.

Huong Khe chairman Le Ngoc Huan on Monday evening temporarily suspended Dung and asked for verification of the case.

Meanwhile, Ha Tinh’s Party Committee Secretary Le Dinh Son has also tasked the local police with investigating the case for strict handling.

Vietnam completed the first 15 days of nationwide social distancing on April 15.

Ha Tinh — a 'high-risk' province according to classification by the National Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control — is among 28 provinces and cities asked to continue upholding social distancing measures until at least the end of April 22.

During the social distancing period, gatherings of more than two people in public spaces are banned and non-essential travels are restricted.

People are told to stay home, wear face masks whenever outdoors, and keep a two-meter distance in social interaction.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News


Read more




Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Latest news