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Israeli Tourist Cleared of COVID-19 after Three RT-PCR Tests

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An Israeli tourist who fled his quarantine hotel has been transferred from Koh Samui to Bangkok after the third test on Thursday cleared him of the COVID-19 Coronavirus disease.

Ohad Baruch was transferred on Thursday afternoon from Koh Samui Hospital to the Thong Lor police station in Bangkok. As a result of leaving his hotel before obtaining his Covid-19 test result, he will be formally charged with violating the emergency decree.

The South Bangkok District Court endorsed an arrest warrant for the 29-year-old tourist for failing to comply with the emergency decree regarding disease-control measures. The maximum penalty for this offence is two years in prison and/or a fine of 40,000 baht.

The hospital in Koh Samui district discharged him soon after the laboratory tests at the Regional Medical Sciences Centre came back negative for COVID-19.

In the past two days, the Israeli tourist had taken two previous RT-PCR tests at Koh Samui Hospital that had also yielded the same negative results.

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After the two negative RT-PCR tests, the Medical Sciences Department ordered further testing at its main branch to make 100% sure he was not infected with COVID-19.

Nichapha Sawasdikanon, director of the hospital on Koh Samui, said the results of the three tests matched and he was discharged. She added that doctors said he was fully recovered and was not at risk of spreading the disease.

The first test performed after his arrival in Bangkok on Friday showed he was infected with COVID-19. Dr Nichapha said his first test in Bangkok was positive, however, it showed a low level of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Dr Nichapha also said four people in close contact with him on the island were also tested and the results were negative.

Source: Bangkok Post

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