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Vietnamese province’s tourism, taxation officials contact COVID-19 patient at golf course amidst restrictions

Vietnamese province’s tourism, taxation officials contact COVID-19 patient at golf course amidst restrictions

Thursday, August 05, 2021, 13:25 GMT+7

The director of the Department of Tourism and the deputy head of the taxation agency in Vietnam’s south-central Binh Dinh Province were among four direct contacts of a coronavirus-infected worker at a golf course as they played the sport despite a local ban.

T.T.Q., a worker at FLC Quy Nhon golf course in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, the city’s medical center announced on Wednesday.

Q. had come into direct contact with four guests at the golf course, including Nguyen Van Dung, director of the provincial Department of Tourism, Nguyen Cong Thanh, deputy head of the provincial taxman, Nguyen Huu Loc, a titanium mining entrepreneur, and Le Van Thao, from Phu Tai JSC, between July 31 and August 1.

All of those four golf players have tested negative for the virus and have been quarantined at home.

Binh Dinh Province has enforced social distancing measures, including banning golfing, under the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 since 6:00 am August 1.

“It was completely wrong and against the province’s pandemic prevention regulations for FLC Quy Nhon golf course to continue allowing guests to play golf at its facility,” said Ngo Hoang Nam, chairman of Quy Nhon City.

Lam Hai Giang, Binh Dinh’s deputy chairman, said the provincial People’s Committee requested the Department of Health to handle the case according to regulations.

According to an announcement from the General Department of Taxation on Thursday morning, the Vietnamese tax governing body issued a decision to suspend Nguyen Cong Thanh from his duty at Binh Dinh’s tax agency for 15 days, starting Wednesday, to review his responsibilities in implementing the COVID-19 prevention regulations in the locality.

Binh Dinh has documented 278 COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave emerged in Vietnam on April 27. 

As of Thursday morning, the Southeast Asian country had documented 181,756 coronavirus cases, with 54,332 recoveries and 2,327 deaths, according to the health ministry.

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