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Patient 9 To Be Questioned By Police Once Cleared By Medical Authorities

“Investigations were earlier put on hold regarding claims that he had given false information to officials about his health status as investigators awaited medical clearance.
13 May 2020 11:17
Patient 9 To Be Questioned By Police Once Cleared By Medical Authorities
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during a press conference in Suva on March 21, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Police Commissioner has confirmed that Patient 9 will also be interviewed by Police.

Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said investigators on Monday interviewed Patient 1 after he was cleared by the medical authorities after completing his second mandatory quarantine isolation.

“Investigations were earlier put on hold regarding claims that he had given false information to officials about his health status as investigators awaited medical clearance.

“He was interviewed at the Border Police Office in Nadi and released as investigations continue.

“Once cleared the same process will be followed for Patient 9,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in his statement last month said Patient 9 became infected at a large religious gathering he attended while overseas in India.

He said upon returning to Fiji, the Patient 9 spent five days in the Nabua Settlement, and he then made his way by boat to Vanua Levu.

He then travelled to his home in Soasoa.

“This patient did not declare any symptoms when returning from travel, and did not follow the directive of entering into government-mandated home quarantine –– a compulsory requirement for all those returning to the country from abroad that came into effect on the 19th of March.

“Three days after the directive came into effect, this individual proceeded to ignore it by hopping from Nadi to Suva to Labasa in the span of a week, potentially spreading COVID-19 via land, air, and sea over just a few days.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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