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Vietnamese woman penalized after spreading fake news on ‘curing COVID-19 at home’

Vietnamese woman penalized after spreading fake news on ‘curing COVID-19 at home’

Sunday, August 01, 2021, 15:39 GMT+7
Vietnamese woman penalized after spreading fake news on ‘curing COVID-19 at home’
V.K.L. (right) from Vinh Long Province, Vietnam is fined for spreading false information on COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Vinh Long Department of Public Security

Police in Vietnam have fined a woman VND7.5 million (US$325) for circulating fake news on a ‘method to cure COVID-19 at home’ through her Facebook account.

Officers in Vinh Long Province have recently cooperated with the municipal Department of Information and Communications to summon V.K.L., the woman in question, to the police station for interrogation. 

L. admitted that she took her husband’s name to create the Facebook account ‘TanDat Cao’ and used it to publish false information on a 'homemade cure' for COVID-19 that was neither supported by science nor approved by authorities.

On Saturday, Vinh Long police decided to levy a fine of VND7.5 million on her for the misleading content she spread on social media. 

Vinh Long has recorded 852 coronavirus cases, including 50 announced on Sunday morning, since the fourth wave began in Vietnam on April 27.

In mid-July, the province was put under an elevated social distancing mandate, which requires all residents to stay home unless there are essential duties and is expected to last until August 15.

The locale has also banned all outdoor travels from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next day, save for emergencies and pandemic missions. 

Vietnam had documented 150,060 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 38,734 recoveries and 1,306 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

During the fourth -- and worst -- COVID-19 wave, the country has recorded 146,249 local infections in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities.

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