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COVID-19 Patient 9 Spitting Claims Are Fake

The claims on Facebook’s Fiji Exposed Forum claimed that Patient 9, who is being treated for COVID-19 at the Labasa Hospital, purported him to deliberately wanting to spread the virus.
14 Apr 2020 09:55
COVID-19 Patient 9 Spitting Claims Are Fake
Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

A Defence Forces investigation report has ruled out social media claims about Patient 9 allegedly flouting guidelines and ‘spitting on staff of Labasa Hospital’.

The claims on Facebook’s Fiji Exposed Forum claimed that Patient 9, who is being treated for COVID-19 at the Labasa Hospital, purported him to deliberately wanting to spread the virus.

The false claims, which referenced a bogus international report, says that a group of Muslims who were in a recent gathering in India were allegedly spitting on health workers.

The post claimed: “This Fijian man of Islam background was doing the same thing like others arrested at the mosque in India, spitting on medical staff.”

The investigating team, which included a Republic of Fiji Military Forces officer, Police officer and a senior nurse interviewed six nurses who are attending to the patient.

They concluded that Patient 9 was ‘co-operative’ and ‘listened and followed’ instructions, the report said.

The report highlighted that there was also limited contact with the health workers and patient because they communicated via landline.

When we find them we’ll charge them: Qiliho

In response to the post, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said: “Once these people’s identity will be identified we will take them to Court for sure.”

The investigating team included a Republic of Fiji Military Forces officer, a Police officer and a senior nurse. The investigations were concluded on April 9.

Human rights

Meanwhile, Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj said it was increasingly evident that COVID-19 had exacerbated the problem of fake news, spreading of misinformation and the propagation of hate speech on the social media encouraging vilification on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, and place of origin.

“It is time we reflect on our moral and ethical compass because it is skewed.”

“We are chewing up resources that we will so badly need to arrest the economic malaise in the aftermath of COVID-19.

“Please do the right thing and stop being selfish. In the end, only the poor and the marginalised will pay the price of our recklessness”.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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