HANOI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Those breaking the epidemic prevention and combat regulations in Vietnam will face criminal punishment, Vietnam News Agency reported Tuesday.
People who are declared to be infected, suspected cases or those returning from the epidemic-hit regions and being informed to quarantine will face criminal penalties if they escape the quarantine sites, fail to comply with quarantine regulations, refuse or avoid quarantine measures, or fail to do health declaration, the news agency cited the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam as reporting.
Other violators include people who do not suspend their businesses as authorities ordered and their operation causes COVID-19 control and treatment fees worth 100 million Vietnamese dong (about 4,340 U.S. dollars) or above.
People sharing false, distorted information about the COVID-19 epidemic situation that causes a negative public impact, illegally sharing private and personal information that harms the dignity of medical workers, infected patients or suspected cases will also be subject to criminal penalties.
Vietnam has reported 207 cases of COVID-19 infection as of Tuesday evening, according to its health ministry.