Tongan returnee in isolation at Tanoa hotel denied chance to see dead wife

    The family of a returnee in managed isolation who was denied exemptions to see his deceased wife said they accepted the decision.

    ‘Anau Ki he Sina Pateta Fakena. Photo/Facebook

    Alatini Fakena was one of more than dozen returnees and Tongan applicants in overseas countries who have been denied seeing their dead loved ones since the kingdom went into lockdown since March 2020.

    The rejection of his compassionate exemption application was reported by Radio FM 89.5 this morning.


     The broadcaster quoted Ministry of Health Deputy CEO  Dr Reynold Ofanoa saying the decision to decline the application was made after thoughtful considerations.

    As Kaniva News reported last week, ‘Alatini, who was currently being isolated at the Tanoa Hotel after arriving from New Zealand, has pleaded with authorities to allow him see his deceased wife. 

    Meanwhile, a status posted to ‘Alatini’s Facebook page which appears to have come from a family member said they accepted the decision by the authority.

    It said they did not want the community to perceive ‘Alatini as a person who is posing a public health safety risk.

    “And no — we don’t need anyone to say anything about the MOH and all essential workers about this matter . We would not want Alatini to come out and to be labeled as a “coronavirus carrier” or later pronounced as a positive case !” the post said.

    ‘Ānau Ki he Sina Fakena passed away peacefully at Vaiola Hospital on Thursday 11.

    She is survived by her husband ‘Alatini and their three children.


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