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Driver for four quarantine fugitives caught in Ho Chi Minh City

Driver for four quarantine fugitives caught in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, February 06, 2021, 10:31 GMT+7
Driver for four quarantine fugitives caught in Ho Chi Minh City
Personal ID of the driver Le Minh X., who fled obligatory quarantine after helping four border jumpers entering the country. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

A driver for four Chinese nationals who escaped a quarantine center in the central province Quang Tri earlier this month was discovered in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tran Xuan Thanh, head of police unit of Quang Tri Town in the namesake province, said on Thursday that the driver was found in a dorm room in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Tan District on Wednesday and was promptly sent to a nearby quarantine facility.

After completing the quarantine period there, the driver would be investigated for his action.

Earlier on Monday, he was caught driving four Chinese border jumpers through Tan Dinh Village in Quang Tri’s Vinh Linh District to evade the COVID-19 control post on the local section of National Expressway 1.

After preliminary inspection, it is revealed that the group of four departed China’s GuangXi Province and crossed the border in Lang Son Province.

After landing in Vietnam, the driver, identified to be Le Minh X. from the southern Bac Lieu Province, drove them southwards before being busted in Quang Tri.

On Tuesday, X. fled Quang Tri after being transferred to a local quarantine facility. He was wanted by the local police.

Vietnam has reported 1,976 coronavirus patients as of Friday, with 1,465 recoveries and virus-related 35 fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health.

Most of the domestically-transmitted infections have been linked to Hai Duong and Quang Ninh, both located in northern Vietnam.

Vietnam is quarantining over 65,000 people who got into contact with infected patients or entered the country from virus-hit regions.

Rapid contact tracing is underway while authorities have managed to put a large number of direct and indirect contacts in quarantine to stem the pathogen.

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