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Vietnam health minister, Hanoi chief arrested in anti-graft drive

Allegations include helping company overstate prices of COVID-19 test kits

A health care worker takes a nasal swab sample for a COVID-19 test in Hanoi during October 2021. The corruption allegations include pricing of coronavirus test kits.   © Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) -- Vietnam on Tuesday arrested its health minister and the leader of its capital city Hanoi, after the two were accused of violating the ruling Communist Party's rules and allegedly causing losses to the state budget, authorities said.

Nguyen Thanh Long and Chu Ngoc Anh were earlier sacked from their roles as health minister and chairman of the People's Committee of Hanoi. Their arrests come amid an intensifying anti-corruption drive that was launched in 2016.

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