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Dealing with charge of leaving quarantine hotel


Israeli traveler Ohan Baruch, left, surrenders to authorities at a dining establishment on Koh Samui in Surat Thani on Wednesday. (Picture: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: RT-PCR tests on an Israeli traveler who left his quarantine hotel in Bangkok and went to Koh Samui have actually returned unfavorable for Covid-19, however samples have actually been sent out for more screening in a lab.

Authorities from the Medical Sciences Department still believe he is contaminated with the Omicron variation of the coronavirus.

Surat Thani public health chief Jeerachart Ruengwatcharin stated on Thursday that 2 RT-PCR tests had actually been made on swabs from Ohad Baruch, 29 – at Bangkok Healthcare Facility Samui and Koh Samui Healthcare Facility – and both tests returned unfavorable.

When the tests were done, the outcomes were not instantly revealed. Nevertheless, the outcome of the test at Koh Samui Health center was launched on Wednesday night.

” The hereditary product of Sars-Cov-2 was not spotted,” the report from Koh Samui Hositpal stated.

Dr Jeerachart stated the visitor was bought into quarantine at Koh Samui Health center for 10 days.

Mr Baruch got here in Bangkok on Dec 17 and left a hotel in Sukhumvit location the next day without awaiting his RT-PCR test outcome. Authorities started a search for him after the test in Bangkok returned favorable.

He went initially to Pattaya and after that took a trip south to Koh Samui, where he gave up to Bor Phut authorities early Wednesday afternoon. He was required to Koh Samui Healthcare Facility.

Although the RT-PCR tests at the 2 health centers on the vacation island were both unfavorable, Department of Medical Sciences authorities were not pleased.

They bought Koh Samui Health center to send his samples for further tests at the department’s lab in Muang district on the mainland of Surat Thani. They believed he was contaminated with the Omicron variation.

Department director-general Supakit Sirilak stated the outcomes were anticipated on Thursday afternoon.

Dr Supakit stated genome sequencing of a sample from Mr Baruch on Saturday revealed the Omicron variation. The 2 tests on Koh Samui did not discover the brand-new variation, potentially since of the low quantity of Omicron present, he stated.

Mr Baruch is now desired on an arrest warrant acquired by Thong Lor police headquarters for stopping working to follow illness control procedures in offense of the emergency situation decree. The offense brings an optimum charge of 2 years in jail and/or fine of 40,000 baht.

Koh Samui district chief Theerapong Chuaychoo stated Mr Baruch would be required to Thong Lor police headquarters after finishing hospitalisation, when he would be officially notified of the charge.


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