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More lost tourists with Covid break Phuket quarantine for Samui

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Tourist Police/via The Phuket News

Police have yet to confirm whether they found several missing Russians – a single man and a separate couple – who left hotels in Phuket before finishing mandatory hotel quarantine periods only to be found to be positive for Covid-19. But the hunt for Covid-19 infected tourists is on yet again, as Phuket Tourist Police are looking for any information on the whereabouts of an Estonian couple who left their quarantine hotel in Patong after one of them tested positive for Covid-19 and are believed to now be on Koh Samui.

The Estonian couple, a 49 year old and 53 year old, were reported by their hotel this morning after test results came back positive for Covid-19, but the tourists were already long gone. The Patong Hotel (we’ve removed the name of the hotel) called the 191 Police Hotline to report the incident.

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They said that hotel staff observed the two climbing into an air-conditioned transfer van with 2 other tourists, heading across the country to catch the ferry to Koh Samui yesterday morning, a day before their Covid-19 test results were received. They are suspected of being on the island now, though the hotel in Patong had no forwarding information of what hotel or accommodation they might be staying in on Samui.

The Tourist Police will continue to search for the lost couple, one of whom is infected with Covid-19, though the hotel or police did not make public whether it was the husband or wife who was infected.

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SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    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.

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