Baruch arrived in Thailand on December 17 under the Test & Go scheme and escaped from a hotel in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area while awaiting his RT-PCR test result.
The screening staff revealed that Baruch was infected with the Covid-19.
The court subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Baruch and he was caught later at a restaurant on Samui for violating the communicable disease control act.
Public Health officials took him to Koh Samui Hospital for a late-night Covid-19 test. But the result revealed that it was negative and he was not infected with Covid-19.
However, Suphakit Sirilak, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, confirmed on Thursday that Baruch was infected with Covid-19.
The sample on December 17 was sent to his department on December 18 and confirmed that he was infected with the Omicron variant.
Suphakit said the reason why the test result on Koh Samui was negative was that Baruch might have nearly recovered.
He added that the sample was sent to the department’s lab in Surat Thani on Thursday for confirmation.
Here’s the timeline of Baruch’s recent movements:
He was later confirmed to have been infected with the Omicron variant, not Delta, as reported at first.
Police will charge him with violating the communicable disease control act.
Published : December 23, 2021
By : THE NATION