A man who was charged with giving false information to a public officer in relation to COVID-19 or the coronavirus appeared at the Suva Magistrate court this afternoon.

Simione Sekonaia Jr has been charged with two counts of false information and one count of malicious act.

The accused presented himself to medical authorities last week, gave false personal details and claimed he had recently returned from abroad and felt that he was experiencing symptoms of the virus.

Sekonaia has been remanded in custody.

The matter has been adjourned to tomorrow.

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