COVID-19: Hotelier needs info on man who reportedly had lunch at the hotel

Police officers man checkpoints in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI POLICE

The Tanoa Rakiraki Hotel management says it does not have enough information to respond to information released by Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete yesterday.

The Minister told a press conference that a man who tested positive to COVID-19 in New Zealand reportedly had lunch at the hotel on March 15, 2020.

After a short holiday in Fiji, the man returned to New Zealand and tested positive two days after arrival.

Tanoa Hotel Group general manager Narend Kumar said they could not establish if the man was indeed on their premises unless they were provided a name.

“That way we would have been able to say, “Yes, he was here and what he did and who he interacted with,” Mr Kumar said.

He said on many occasions, individuals stopped at the hotel to use the washroom only.

“We are ready to assist the ministry in contact tracing this person’s movement, but we can’t do that because we don’t know who he is.”

He added all their staff members followed precautions laid out by the Government in dealing with COVID-19.



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