Vietnamese printer arrested for peddling fake Covid-19 test certificates

Many of Vietnam's cities and provinces require people to have Covid-19 negative test certificates to move around. PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (REUTERS) - Police in northern Vietnam have arrested a businessman for making and selling hundreds of fake negative Covid-19 test certificates, as the South-east Asian country battles its worst outbreak yet.

A new wave of infections since late April has forced the country to impose movement restrictions in a third of its cities and provinces, many of which require people to have negative test certificates to move around.

Tran Tuan Duong, who runs a printing business in Bac Ninh province, was arrested on Wednesday (Aug 11) while selling six certificates to a client for one million dong (S$60), the provincial police department said.

Duong, 34, confessed to police that he had sold around 150 such documents, including ones for swab-based polymerase chain reaction tests, according to a police statement on Thursday, which said further investigation was under way.

Vietnam has recorded more than 241,000 coronavirus infections and at least 4,487 deaths overall, with the vast majority of those in recent months, which followed a year of successful containment.

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