A Chinese man has been caught using karaoke service at a restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City despite being required to undergo home quarantine to prevent COVID-19 spread.
A team of COVID-19 prevention and control officers led by vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc inspected The King Restaurant in District 1 on Tuesday evening.
The restaurant was found operating karaoke service inside six VIP rooms while authorities had already banned all karaoke parlors since April 30 due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 50 employees were working at the venue at the time of the inspection.
Four Chinese and four Japanese nationals were among the customers.
The Chinese, who were able to speak Vietnamese, refused to cooperate at first and only agreed to present their passports and relevant documents when police officers arrived.
Among them, a 45-year-old man previously completed his quarantine period in the northern province of Hung Yen on April 21.
His second COVID-19 test came back negative for the novel coronavirus on April 20.
|Employees of The King Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City at the time of the inspection on May 4, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tuoi Tre|
However, he was required to undergo home quarantine for another 14 days.
The man was on his 13th day into the home quarantine period on Tuesday.
Police in District 1 have been requested to book the restaurant owner for violating regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control has conducted COVID-19 tests on all customers and employees of the restaurants.
Vice-chairman Duc will order more regular inspections across the city to make sure COVID-19 prevention and control rules are strictly followed, he said.
|A police officer works with a representative of The King Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 4, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam has documented 2,996 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 2,560 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Thirty-eight local infections have been recorded in the country since April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City detected a community-based case on April 29.
Bars, discos, and karaoke parlors were shut down from April 30, while massage parlors, saunas, cinemas, theaters, and online game centers were closed from May 3.