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6 more Covid-19 infected tourist on the run from Koh Chang

FILE PHOTO: 6 Covid-19 infected tourists escaped Koh Chang to the mainland and are being sought. (via Koh Chang Ferries)

Apparently the 2,000 baht fine for the first tourist to ditch out of his hotel while waiting for RT-PCR test results was not as big a deterrent as Thai authorities thought as there now been a number of copycat runners that authorities have had to hunt down. Just 2 days ago, officials were able to track down 2 Indian tourists that left their quarantine before receiving test results confirming that they had Covid-19. And now authorities in Koh Chang have released a list of 6 Covid-19 infected fugitives that fled before their positive test results were returned.

6 foreigners left the island of Koh Chang before their test results had come back positive for Covid-19, and now authorities on the island are asking police in the rest of the region to be on the lookout. The district deputy chief filed a complaint today with the Koh Chang police after the 6 tourists were able to escape the island and spread the Covid-19 virus.

Many details are unclear, such as whether the 6 were staying in the same resort on Koh Chang or if they were even travelling as a group or simply escaped at the same time. What we do know is that they all came into Thailand under the Test & Go scheme that has now been suspended in order to battle the spike of Covid-19 infections brought on by the fast-spreading Omicron variant. They all took RT-PCR test on arrival but took off long before the results had arrived.

Hotel staff reported that they had checked out in a rush on Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be a race to duck out before being quarantined. When the test results came back they were in fact positive for Covid-19 but the infected tourists were long gone.

Now, police have released the names of the following six tourists known to be infected with Covid-19 and on the run from authorities. They are suspected to be possibly in Pattaya or Bangkok now. Anyone who sights them is requested to call 081-945-65-49 immediately.

NAME COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AGE
Arnaud Cachia France 32
Romain Gretten France 32
Marek Bonleckl Poland 62
Krause Tomasz Poland 51
Oleheming Kolstad Norway 38
Johan Debernardi Switzerland 31

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.