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Phuket police search for COVID-positive Estonian tourist, believed fled to Samui

Phuket police search for COVID-positive Estonian tourist, believed fled to Samui

PHUKET: Phuket Tourist Police are searching for an Estonian woman and her husband after they checked out of their hotel in Patong without the woman completing her mandatory 10-day Hotel Isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 21 January 2022, 03:24PM


Maj Boonyarit Inthakarn of the Tourist Police at the hotel in Patong earlier this afternoon (Jan 21). Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Maj Boonyarit Inthakarn of the Tourist Police at the hotel in Patong earlier this afternoon (Jan 21). Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Maj Boonyarit Inthakarn of the Tourist Police stationed in Patong this morning (Jan 21) was notified by the 191 police hotline that a staff member at the hotel in Patong had reported that one tourist had contracted COVID-19.

The tourist had left the hotel yesterday (Jan 20), the hotel staffer reported.

Maj Boonyarit did not confirm which of the two tourists had tested positive.

The couple were named as Janika Prussakova, 49, traveling with her husband, Teder Arvi, 53, both Estonian nationals.

The hotel staffer reported that the couple boarded an air-conditioned van with two other tourists, heading for Koh Samui.

The staffer said she had no idea where the couple had booked to stay on Samui, Maj Boonyarit reported.

Police have yet to confirm whether they have tracked down Russian national Anton Tikhomirov,  29, and Russian couple Olga Tribshtok and Sergei Iaroshenko, both 35, after they checked out of their hotels in Phuket without completing the mandatory 10-day Hotel Isolation after testing positive for COVID.

* The name of the Patong Hotel involved was removed from the story at the request of the Hotel on 22 Jan. Additionaly the picture was amended to erase the hotel staff member.

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Tropicalevo | 24 January 2022 - 13:50:03

Kurt is correct.
There is no contact on a negative test result. The guests are only contacted on a positive result.
Arrive at quarantine hotel - have a test. Next morning, no contact. Check out time is 11.00. Guest checks out. Result comes after 11.00.
Oops - hotel/hospital stuffed up but easier to say - Farang fled!

Pooliekev | 22 January 2022 - 13:39:19

Only Kurt could have changed a story about some missing Estonians into a rant about traffic laws and miscommunication between Thais Is Europe perfect Kurt?. Unbelieveable.

Kurt | 22 January 2022 - 10:39:14

These tourists did not FLED! As we read, they just ordered Van transport, than checked out hotel and left. Nothing to read or hotel staff informed them they could not check out. Seems, seen all the same cases that officialdom and hotels didn't communicate how to handle in this situation. No wonder, as Thai are always in the escape modus'--> "Not my business, not want to be involved...

Kurt | 22 January 2022 - 10:27:03

Thailand, a law dis-order land. Main hobby is making laws for sake of law making. Many not workeble, unpractical and full of nonsense. This plus the general Thai attitude that laws are for others but not for me, you can see at traffic lights, speeding, illegal parking at disable parking spots, not having a driving license, etc, etc, This is just on the road only. In many other field too.

christysweet | 22 January 2022 - 10:02:40

So much for the hotel's reporting requirements. Is ANY law  enforced here ? Thailand: The Broken Windows Nation. ( when small laws aren't enforced, people  start breaking all the laws..)  

JohnC | 22 January 2022 - 09:37:42

When you find them hit them with a big fine then kick them out immediately and mark their passports as unwelcome to come back again.

Kurt | 22 January 2022 - 03:37:27

Solution: Give arrival tourists a ankle strap device. Let them pay a bail of B10,000 for the time wearing it.  Run away problems solved!

 

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