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COVID-19: Man Under Investigation For Providing False Information To Health Authorities

“It is a waste of our resources and also we had to work with other stakeholders to be able to identify him. It is an unwanted distraction from our focus and attention on our resources at this important time.
28 Feb 2020 11:00
COVID-19: Man Under Investigation For Providing False Information To Health Authorities
Colonial War Memorial Hospital

Some people still think that the coronavirus threat to this country is something to joke about – like this fellow who presented himself at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

He is now in trouble for allegedly making up a story.

The Fiji Police Force is looking at charging the man for falsifying information about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

His prank has now backfired. This case is the first of its kind since the outbreak in China and now it’s spreading to the rest of the world.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed that a man had falsified information at the CWM Hospital.

The man had allegedly presented a false travel history to health professionals at the hospital and claimed that he had symptoms of the virus.

“I can ascertain that there was a gentleman that came to CWM Hospital on Thursday to present the history of having travelled overseas and developing COVID-19 symptoms,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“After further investigations, we have gathered that all information he presented was false,” he said.

He said there were no cases of COVID-19 in Fiji.

“It is a waste of our resources and also we had to work with other stakeholders to be able to identify him. It is an unwanted distraction from our focus and attention on our resources at this important time.

“Having said that our due diligence and attention to detail does not stop, even though he came in with falsified information we tracked him down, looked through his travel history and then we ascertained it was false in which he confessed later that it was.”

He added that they worked with Police and other stakeholders to look into such issues.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said: “We are investigating and pleading with the public to refrain from such actions.

“It is an unnecessary drain on resources that could be put to better use. We are looking at relevant charges for the alleged irresponsible actions of the person.”

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