Workers disinfecting the streets of Bangkok amid the COVID pandemic
Workers disinfecting the streets of Bangkok amid the COVID pandemic
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Thailand's Pocket airport amid the coronavirus pandemic, November 2021

Israeli man detained in Thailand over Omicron quarantine violation

Local authorities say the tourist, 29, will likely be charged with breaking health regulations, before being deported back to Israel and banned from Thailand for life

Associated Press |
Published: 12.23.21, 13:38
Officials in Thailand say an Israeli tourist who was the subject of a nationwide police manhunt after breaking out of quarantine while apparently infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detained on a southern resort island
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  • The 29-year-old man will be charged with breaking quarantine regulations and then deported and banned from Thailand for life following his release from hospital detention, authorities said.
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    תיירים מ סין עם חליפות מגן קורונה נוחתים בנמל תעופה במחוז סמוט פראקן ב תאילנד ליד פוקט במסגרת הקלות על כניסת זרים למדינה
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    Thailand's Pocket airport amid the coronavirus pandemic, November 2021
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    Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, said Thursday that the the tourist allegedly left quarantine at a Bangkok hotel on Dec. 7, before his coronavirus test result was completed.
    It eventually showed he was infected with Omicron.
    Thailand has had a few dozen cases of Omicron, but all were found in quarantined individuals. It has only had two reported cases of domestic transmission, and the case of the missing Israeli dominated news reports.
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    Workers disinfecting the streets of Bangkok amid the COVID pandemic
    Workers disinfecting the streets of Bangkok amid the COVID pandemic
    Workers disinfecting the streets of Bangkok amid the COVID pandemic
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    Officials said two RT-PCR tests were taken after he turned himself in on the southern resort island of Kho Samui on Wednesday. Both were negative.
    Supakit said the man could have recovered in the two weeks between his first test taken upon arrival on Dec. 7 and the Dec. 22 test.
    Israel, meanwhile, has taken several extensive measures to prevent the spread of the Omicron within its own borders, after several Omicron carriers were discovered upon their return from aboard.
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    Arrivals at Ben Gurion Airport
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    These include stringent restrictions on travel, as well as the possible expansion of the Green Pass mandate giving those considered immunized against COVID certain privileges.
    Israel has also recently added dozens of new countries - including 50 African countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada - to its "red" state list to which all travel is effectively banned due to their respective spike in COVID cases.
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