JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnamese border jumper investigated over spread of COVID-19

Vietnamese border jumper investigated over spread of COVID-19

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 13:08 GMT+7
Vietnamese border jumper investigated over spread of COVID-19
The quarantine area of Vinh Long Lung Hospital in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese COVID-19 patient who previously entered the country illegally has been probed for spreading the disease to other people.

The Department of Public Security in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long on Tuesday initiated legal proceedings against L.Th.T., 33., who is Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 1,440, for “spreading dangerous infectious disease to others,” according to Article 240 of the Penal Code.

Investigators said T. and eight other people entered Vietnam illegally from Cambodia via a trail in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on the early morning of December 24.

They were then divided into two groups and got in two automobiles to travel to other localities.

The first group, which consisted of three people, headed to Chau Doc City in An Giang Province and Ho Chi Minh City.

The second group, which included T. and five others, went to the Mekong Delta province of Long An and Ho Chi Minh City.

T. then headed to his hometown in Vinh Long Province, before his family members reported to competent authorities regarding his illicit entry.

The man was brought to a local quarantine center and tested positive for the novel coronavirus on December 26.

He was confirmed as the country’s COVID-19 patient No. 1,440 by the Ministry of Health on December 27.

Three other people among these border jumpers have also been confirmed as COVID-19 patients No. 1,451, 1,452, and 1,453.

Two of them reside in Ho Chi Minh City, while the other lives in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.

Police in An Giang Province have launched an investigation into the case and arrested five suspects for organizing for people to enter Vietnam against the law.

T. has been treated at Vinh Long Lung Hospital for 26 days, according to the provincial Department of Health.

He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus for 11 consecutive times, before his 12th test came back negative on January 15.

However, he tested positive for the virus again on Tuesday.

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

Tuoi Tre News


Read more




‘Taste of Australia’ gala dinner held in Ho Chi Minh City after 2-year hiatus

Taste of Australia Gala Reception has returned to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnamese woman gives unconditional love to hundreds of adopted children

Despite her own immense hardship, she has taken in and cared for hundreds of orphans over the past three decades.

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

Latest news