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Expat held for violating outdoor travel ban with mask off in Ho Chi Minh City

Expat held for violating outdoor travel ban with mask off in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 11:45 GMT+7
Expat held for violating outdoor travel ban with mask off in Ho Chi Minh City
A Ho Chi Minh City police officer confronts a foreigner for flouting COVID-19 movement curbs, August 17, 2021. Photo: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City police nabbed a foreigner on Tuesday after he was spotted biking outside during the movement curb hours and refusing to cooperate with officers on duty.

The foreign man was pulled over on Tuesday evening while riding a bicycle on a section of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, a police team stated.

After being questioned for his pulled-down face mask and resistance to the city’s social distancing mandate, which requires all residents to stay home from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am the next day to curb the coronavirus spread, the man got into a quarrel with the police and started threatening them with violence. 

After failing to pacify the situation, the officers had to tackle the man and brought him to the nearby Da Kao Ward police station for COVID-19 testing and further handling. 

Ho Chi Minh City police confront a foreigner for flouting COVID-19 movement curb, August 17, 2021. Photo: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City police officers confront a foreigner for flouting COVID-19 movement curbs, August 17, 2021. Photo: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

On Monday, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City extended their social distancing drive by another month, banning outdoor travels considered unnecessary, among other activities deemed non-essential. 

The city is Vietnam’s largest coronavirus hotspot at the moment, recording 156,186 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave hit the country in late April. 

Ho Chi Minh City police confront a foreigner for flouting COVID-19 movement curbs, August 17, 2021. Video: Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre

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