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Woman bites, hits officer at COVID-19 checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City

Woman bites, hits officer at COVID-19 checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, August 16, 2021, 14:37 GMT+7
Woman bites, hits officer at COVID-19 checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City
A COVID-19 checkpoint in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A woman has been taken into custody for hitting and biting an on-duty officer after she was stopped at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City.

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Sunday that police in Thu Duc City had apprehended 43-year-old Pham Thi Thuy D. for obstructing law enforcement officers.

At around 9:00 am the same day, D. rode a motorbike from her home in Thanh My Loi Ward to Le Van Thinh Hospital in Binh Trung Tay Ward for COVID-19 testing.

After reaching a COVID-19 checkpoint on Nguyen Duy Trinh Street in Binh Trung Tay Ward, D. was required to file a health declaration and present her documents in accordance with regulations.

The woman did not cooperate and began insulting on-duty officers.

As she attempted to leave on her motorbike, an officer held on to her vehicle to stop her.

D. then bit the officer’s arm, took off his anti-droplet face mask, and hit his face.

She was eventually apprehended and escorted to the police station.

According to the law, obstructing law enforcement officers is punishable by a fine worth VND500,000-5 million (US$22-220), an up-to-three-year non-custodial reform, or six months to three years in jail.

Vietnam had documented 275,044 COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon, with 102,504 recoveries and 5,774 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 271,037 local infections in 62 provinces and cities, including 149,286 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, since the fourth wave started on April 27.

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