Over 20,000 people participated in the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Display on the night of the Lantern Festival, which, many worried, may cause further spread of the epidemic. That's why the Tainan City Government Health Bureau started providing rapid test kits from February 16 to 18th at the Yanshui District Health Center for the public to claim on a voluntary basis.
There are not many people in front of the public health center on the morning of February 16; some are mainly there to pick up chronic illness prescriptions, but some are indeed there to obtain rapid test kits.
Citizen Obtaining Rapid Test Kit: “Because the Covid-19 situation seems to be getting more severe, and since the government happens to be offering such a kind gesture, we definitely should take up on this offer. I have taken a photo of my rapid test result to show my friends, hoping that they will also come to get test kits for themselves.”
Citizen: “If I sense that I'm coughing or feeling some discomfort, I should come and see if there are any test kits.”
The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival just came to completion on February 15 with over 20,000 people on site. Although the attendees all are supplied with protective gear and enhanced personal COVID-19 prevention measures, because of prior confirmed case tracks reaching the nearby Yuejin Lantern Festival, and attendees may have come from all over Taiwan, the Tainan City Government Health Bureau decided to provide rapid test kits for all people in need and expects to give out 1000 rapid test kits in three days.
Huang Ping-yao, Chief, Yanshui District Public Health Center: “Because there were quite a large number of people at last night's Yuejin Lantern Festival and Beehive Fireworks Festival, so regardless (of where you were), starting today everyone can come here (Yanshui Health Center) to obtain rapid test kits.”
The Tainan City Government Heath Bureau notes that from February 16 at 8:30 a.m. to February 18 at 10:30 a.m., anybody in need can obtain a rapid test kit at the Yanshui District Public Health Center. In case of a positive test result, patients should contact the Health Bureau. In addition, the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival has come to an end early this morning. The Tainan City Environmental Protection Bureau dispatched 153 cleaners overnight to dispose of a total of 27.1 tons of fireworks debris and garbage, restoring the place to its original state before 8 a.m. this morning.