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Israeli fined for fleeing positive Omicron result

Israeli fined for fleeing positive Omicron result

BANGKOK: The Bangkok South Municipal Court yesterday (Dec 28) fined an Israeli tourist B2,000 for fleeing his hotel before he could receive a positive test result for the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 29 December 2021, 09:28AM

Ohad Baruch, 29, has been fined and will be deported. Photo: Bangkok Post

Ohad Baruch, 29, has been fined and will be deported. Photo: Bangkok Post

An arrest warrant was issued by Thong Lor police on Dec 21 against Ohad Baruch, 29, reports the Bangkok Post.

It was reported that Baruch arrived in the country on Dec 17 on a Test & Go travel package and was quarantined overnight at a hotel in the Sukhumvit area, pending an RT-CPR test result. However, he left the same evening and visited Pattaya and then Koh Samui in the South.

On Dec 22, Baruch surrendered to police at a restaurant at Bang Rak beach in tambon Bo Phut on Koh Samui.


Pol Col Duangchote Suwancharas, superintendent of Thong Lor police, said the suspect pleaded guilty in court, so his punishment was reduced to a B2,000 fine.

Immigration police have taken him into custody for deportation, Pol Col Duangchote said.

Pol Col Duangchote said Baruch’s actions violated COVID-control measures issued under section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations.

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Pooliekev | 30 December 2021 - 13:36:26

Kurt, you're wrong. They have a local community office, not a 'every apartment' approach at all. China is doing a good job with the virus, unlike a lot of countries. 

Kurt | 30 December 2021 - 10:53:21

Easy to explain, Maverick. China can not affort a mass Covid wave in many of her overpopulated industrial areas. In their CCP system they have in every appartment building a communist party 'Block Head' who daily reports the doings of the people living there. In China big brother is watching and controlling you quite efficient. I experienced that myself during my 'China time' in de...

christysweet | 30 December 2021 - 09:57:08

Because China locks down entire towns on one positive test.  They know the efficacy of Sinovac  is dismal, but  it also hasn't the rare but dire side effects the m-RNA  vaccines exhibit.

maverick | 30 December 2021 - 05:30:34

None of the vaccines provide protection against Omicron that’s why it is spreading rapidly across the world, except in China strangely enough -please explain Kurt ! 

Kurt | 29 December 2021 - 19:26:55

So people vaccinated with chinese vaccines only by now can be seen as not vaccinated against Omicron if they not got already 1 or 2 'boosters'. Minister Anutin knows that already long time, that is why he took asap as possible his 3rd and 4th vaccination of another not chinese brand.

Kurt | 29 December 2021 - 19:22:28

The head line article should be:  "Israeli fined/deported for fleeing FALSE positive Omicron test outcome".  The man was wrong, but let we not blow it up out of perspective. He was wrong, has to accept the consequenses and that is it.  Better concentrate on what is in general not functioning in country's Covid-19 policy. Chinese vaccines not work against Omicron. 

maverick | 29 December 2021 - 14:39:34

Deportation is a serious enough deterrent - try getting a visa to come back again !! I know some on this forum would like to see him get shot for his terrible crime 

lelecuneo | 29 December 2021 - 14:36:37

stupid guy then should do the same on his own country... 

christysweet | 29 December 2021 - 11:18:09

Since foreigners often  pay many times what Thais do, Nat'l Parks entry fees for instance- pass legislation doing the same for criminal fines. This should be a $10,000 fine if deterrence is the goal.  

Capricornball | 29 December 2021 - 10:30:23

Boy... RTP officials really "made an example" out of this guy.  2,000 baht is a pretty good bargain to avoid staying in a hotel you don't want to be at...then roaming freely wherever you want to go. Not that I'm freeking over covid, but I wonder how many other people were exposed by this selfish, irresponsible goofball.

Kurt | 29 December 2021 - 09:53:35

B2,000 is a small fine  ( same as for overdue 90 day report) , considering the costs for seaching him, arrest, flying to BKK, court case preparing/handling, custody until deportation, bringing him on board a flight to Israel, and that all the time with food & beverage supply.


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