A woman from the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen attempted to dodge quarantine by hiding in a field of sugarcane behind her house after her COVID-19 test result returned positive.
The woman is S., a 46-year-old resident in Cung Son Town, the town’s administration confirmed on Sunday.
Her neighborhood was locked down from Saturday following the detection of a COVID-19 case.
Her younger brother was a direct contact of the patient and had been brought to a concentrated quarantine facility, while S. was required to undergo home quarantine.
Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 at 11:00 pm the same day.
As local authorities arrived at her house to take her to the hospital for quarantine and treatment, the woman was nowhere to be found.
Officers spent the entire night looking for S. but were unable to find her.
An announcement regarding the case was issued on Sunday morning.
At around 9:30 am the same day, S. was found in a sugarcane field about 100 meters away from her house.
Vietnam has documented 15,889 COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon, with 6,319 recoveries and 76 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 12,547 local infections in 48 provinces and cities, including 38 cases in Phu Yen, since the fourth wave of transmissions broke out on April 27.
A social distancing drive was reinstated in Phu Yen Province from 0:00 on Sunday until further notice.