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Religious mission probed for spreading COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

Religious mission probed for spreading COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, May 31, 2021, 13:48 GMT+7
Religious mission probed for spreading COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City
A health worker takes samples from a boy in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, May 30, 2021. Photo: Nhat Thinh / Tuoi Tre

Police in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday launched criminal proceedings against a religious mission in the same district for spreading COVID-19 in the community.

The charge in the indictment includes “spreading dangerous infectious diseases to humans.”

Through an investigation into the recent outbreaks associated with Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in Go Vap, the authorities determined that this religious mission did not comply with regulations on COVID-19 prevention, leading to the spread of the disease to many people.

A total of 142 infections that can be traced back to this mission have been detected since May 27, according to the municipal health department.

This number adds up to 157 COVID-19 patients logged in Ho Chi Minh City as of Monday morning.

Vietnam’s daily local infections rose by 68 cases on Monday noon, the health ministry said in a midday update. The agency will give another update at 6:00 pm.

Vietnam has detected 4,164 domestic infections in 34 provinces and cities since April 27, when the fourth wave broke out in the Southeast Asian country, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The nation has recorded 7,236 cumulative COVID-19 patients since the virus first emerged on January 23, 2020.

Recoveries have hit 2,950, while 47 virus-related fatalities have been documented so far.

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