The detention center outbreak in Yilan continues to grow like a snowball, with 208 out of 276 people testing positive for a total case count of 244 so far.
The immigration detention center in Yilan has earned a new nickname: purgatory on earth. The outbreak at the center is spiraling out of control, with 208 of 276 people tested on the 22nd testing positive. The center has reported 244 cases so far, including people detained at the center, staff and family members.
Hsu Chiu-chun, Deputy Director, Public Health Bureau, Yilan County: “The people detained here, including staff, are relatively younger so most have mild or no symptoms.”
The National Immigration Agency says all central guidelines were followed and those that have tested positive will be treated on-site if needed. The public health bureau says most of the people detained at the center are young and experiencing mild or no symptoms. Yilan residents are very worried the epidemic is spreading uncontrollably.
Citizen: “The epidemic is spiraling out of control and everyone needs to take preventive measures. Stop pointing fingers. It's pointless.”
(Are you afraid the outbreak at the center will spread into the community?) Yes, but what can I do? (Just protect yourself.) Right, just protect myself.
Meanwhile, the case count at Toucheng's Daxi Fishing Harbor now stands at 34 with four more people testing positive on the 24th.
Tsai Wen-yi, Acting Toucheng Township Chief: “...from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and then we will administer tests. After that, the Toucheng Township Office will disinfect the harbor, including the marketplace.”
The county government set up a free testing station at the harbor on the 25th. The fish market will be closed for three days.