A court in Vietnam handed a two-year suspended jail term to a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant on Tuesday after finding him guilty of breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others, police said.
Duong Tan Hau, 29, was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” at the one-day trial at the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement, Reuters reported.
Hau breached the country’s 14-day confinement rules and met with 46 other people after his flight from Japan in November during his stay in state quarantine and, according to the indictment, visited cafes, restaurants and attended English classes when he was supposed to self-isolate. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 28, according to the indictment posted on a ministry website.
Hau’s violations resulted in the quarantine and testing of around 2,000 other people in the city at a cost of 4.48 billion dong ($194,192), the indictment said.
“Hau’s violation was serious, put society in danger and endangered the safety of the community,” the statement said.