Nguyen Van Dung, working in the city’s Tan Phu District, said in a March 26 Facebook post that Ho Chi Minh City would be placed under lockdown for 14 days from March 28 over the Covid-19 pandemic.After this false information sparked public concern, he was summoned by local police and admitted that he hadn’t bothered to check the information before sharing it on social media. He said he was only doing it to warn people about the worsening pandemic situation and not for personal publicity or approval.Under current regulations, individuals who post fake news on social media can be slapped with fines of up to VND15 million ($650), but Dung was considered for a more lenient punishment as he had a good family background, it was his first violation and he had sincerely admitted his wrongdoing, police said.Police officials said that besides Dung, many other Facebook accounts shared the lockdown information on social media, prompting city authorities to dismiss such rumors publicly.While Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked major cities to prepare for lockdown scenarios, no such order has been passed. Phuc has banned crowds of more than 20 people and ordered all localities across the country to close non-essential businesses… Read full this story
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