A Vietnam Airlines flight attendant has been placed under house arrest after he triggered a new COVID-19 cluster in Ho Chi Minh City according to police who accuse the 29-year-old airline employee of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases in humans”.
Vietnam has done incredibly well in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic but when Duong Tan Hau became patient 1342, he went onto infect a friend who in turn passed the virus onto two other people. The outbreak broke an 89-day COVID-free streak in the country and it was the first cluster in Ho Chi Minh City in 120 days.
The outbreak occurred in November 2020 but the flight attendant has only just been arrested after recovering from Coronavirus related illness. Vietnam Airlines has apologised for the actions of the flight attendant, saying they think he violated mandatory quarantine rules that all crew members are required to complete when returning from abroad.
Vietnam Airlines has a dedicated crew quarantine facility in Hi Chi Minh City where flight attendants and pilots have to stay for four days when they come back from a foreign assignment. Crew members are also required to take two COVID-19 tests 72 hours apart on their return and if both are negative they can complete a two week isolation period in their own home.
Tan Hau stands accused of breaking quarantine rules by leaving his quarantine block to visit a friend and fellow flight attendant who had just returned from Romania and who was staying in another part of the quarantine complex. She is believed to have infected Tan Hau but the virus