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More Russians check out of Phuket hotel after testing positive

More Russians check out of Phuket hotel after testing positive

PHUKET: A husband-and-wife Russian couple have been reported as checking out of their hotel in Patong early in order to avoid staying in Hotel Isolation for 10 days after the wife tested positive for COVID-19.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 15 January 2022, 05:34PM

Images: via Patong Police

Images: via Patong Police

Patong Police reported that the couple left their hotel, the Holiday Inn Express on Haad Patong Rd, before midday today (Jan 15).

Officers visited the hotel, where they were told that the woman, Olga Tribshtok, 35, had tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

The couple had originally checked into the hotel on Jan 5 and were booked to stay today (Jan 15).

The couple went to Bangkok Hospital Siriroj to be tested yesterday, hotel staff told police. A copy of Ms Tribshtok’s positive test results was provided.

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Today, both Ms Tribshtok and her husband, Sergei Iaroshenko, 35, checked out of the hotel before noon. Hotel staff have no idea where the couple might now be staying, said the report.

The hotel was unaware that Ms Tribshtok had tested positive until staff at the hospital contacted the hotel to inform them at 1:38pm, the report added.

Police are now looking for the couple.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) has been notified, the report concluded.

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Tonygas | 18 January 2022 - 08:18:31

No where in the story masks are mentioned, strange that some people like to leave comments whithout reading the article.
If these people can check out of the hotel, they are not to blame, regardless where they come from.

Sam Thompson | 17 January 2022 - 08:28:06

Mask wearing is virtually non-existent with certain groups of tourist [pretty obvious group]. Arrogant, ignorant, selfish and entitled they will break any and all the rules

Virushater | 16 January 2022 - 12:56:54

What a confusing story. They booked the hotel until 15th Jan.. Of course they checked out then and probably flew back to russia already. So what is the point here??? It just proves again how chaotic and useless the pandemic management in Thailand is.

Pooliekev | 16 January 2022 - 12:36:14

Sounds like a cock-up on the timings. A misfortune rather than anything else. 

Brianballs | 16 January 2022 - 12:10:33

They really need to start dishing out fines to people who don't follow the rules and it's not just Russians either. I don't see that many masks at all round patong, it would be an easy way for them to recoup some of the lost income. 
If you can't do as you are asked don't bother coming.

Kurt | 16 January 2022 - 11:13:20

Sec2 seems to be right in his Jan 5-15 couple observation.
Clearly very unprofessional/off the world to produce a positive test outcome in afternoon check out day as their check out time was before Noon. Why was the test result not delivered on evening 14th? I got Phuket airport (Test & Go) test 13:30, and same day negative result report at 18:30 hrs. 

christysweet | 16 January 2022 - 10:07:36

Security guard walked up handed one mask to a family of five, then walked off, embarrassed and did nothing as they ignored his request. The woman indicated her mask was in her purse. 

SEC2 | 16 January 2022 - 09:33:54

Maybe the PN can clarify if they really escaped, or just didn't know.  Very confusing.  In any case, they probably aren't wearing a mask so easy to spot. haha. Seriously, stores need to enforce mandatory masks in stores.  Unsafe for the rest of us. Why can't the Russians wear masks?  They should be fined.

SEC2 | 16 January 2022 - 09:29:57

This story does not make any sense. Couple to stay Jan 5-15, goes for test on 14 which is 9 days after arrival? and then checks out on the 15th which is the day they were supposed to check out, before noon, which is normal check out time.  Hotel doesn't get positive test result until 1:38pm. Doesn't sound like they were escaping, sounds like their trip was over and no one told them they ha...

JohnC | 16 January 2022 - 09:07:03

I am so fed up with the disgusting behaviour exibited by a large percentage of russians that have been allowed to come here. Give them an inch and they take a mile. They don't care about anyone else as long as they do whatever they want to. Kick them out now!

reality check | 16 January 2022 - 07:23:01

Until the police get tough on these people they will continue to infect the residents of Phuket.  We felt safe until these mask-less tourists arrived!

Kurt | 16 January 2022 - 01:58:08

What is wrong with all these Russians that they disdain the Thai quarantine regulations? Time again for Governor and his 30+ conference flock to meet with Russian Ambassador/Consul. ( article with photos) Talk/promise about arrest, detaining, heavy fines, deportation for life. Stop these happenings.

JaguarCat | 16 January 2022 - 01:29:50

@Dave_C: If you look at that Omicron wall of cases in so many countries, then you can conclude, that they are all doing something wrong... And no, it is not "mild", death rates are going up, too, for example already in UK. Thailand has been putting life first, not business first, during this pandemic.

Dave_C | 15 January 2022 - 22:14:54

A direct result of applying punitive measures instead of trying to display commonsense approach. There is only one question in approach to to Thai tourism. Either Thai is out of touch or other tourist authorities throughout the world are out of touch ???


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