Six people have had their quarantine period extended after throwing a farewell party at a concentrated quarantine facility in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri last weekend.
A Facebook account, whose owner wishes to remain anonymous, hosted a live broadcast for 15 minutes, recording a group of people partying with snacks and soft drinks while singing at the corridor of a concentrated COVID-19 quarantine facility on Sunday.
Most of the party participants failed to keep a safe distance and wear a face mask.
As the video went viral, the steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control of Quang Tri started an investigation and found the footage being filmed at a university in Quang Tri Province.
The people in the video are Vietnamese returnees from Laos being quarantined at the aforesaid facility, according to Do Van Hung, director of the Quang Tri Department of Health.
They were supposed to finish their quarantine time and be discharged from the school the following day.
The group threw a farewell bash to celebrate the release.
The provincial health department booked all of the six people for their pandemic prevention rule violations while the steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control of Quang Tri decided not to let them leave the centralized quarantine facility as scheduled, Hung said on Monday.
Functional forces are expected to impose sanctions on the violators in the next few days.
Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year.
Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, highly-skilled workers, and students have been allowed in since with stringent quarantine requirements in place.