Authorities in the northern Vietnamese province of Hai Duong have imposed a VND20 million (US$873) fine upon a man for escaping from a local quarantine camp.
Dam Van Hop, 44, has been slapped with the penalty in accordance with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control, Tran Ho Dang, chairman of the People’s Committee in Hai Duong City, capital of the namesake province, confirmed on Monday.
Hop is a direct contact of a COVID-19 patient and was quarantined at Hai Duong University.
However, competent authorities discovered on the morning of February 5 that the man had run away from the facility.
Hop was later tracked down and sent back to the quarantine camp.
In relevant news, a married couple in Hai Duong City was fined a combined VND20 million on Sunday for failing to fill in health declarations after coming into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient.
On the same day, police in Chi Linh City, Hai Duong Province, booked a 63-year-old man for failure to wear a face mask in public and disturbance of public order.
Vietnam has documented 2,053 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, with 1,472 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.