Taiwanese model-actress Sonia Sui has issued a stern warning to wanderlusters who defy government advice to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 39-year-old’s angry Facebook post came right after the Taiwanese government announced eight new COVID-19 cases yesterday (Mar 16) — its biggest single-day spike — all of which involved people who had returned from overseas.
This brings the total number of infected patients in Taiwan to 67.
“Our country is working so hard to prevent the virus from entering our country. How can people be so selfish as to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to things?” lambasted Sonia . “Please appreciate and recognise our government’s efforts, and bear in mind the safety of our quarantine personnel, medical staff, as well as our citizens.”
In just 30 minutes, Sonia’s post garnered more than 20,000 likes from like-minded netizens. As of press time, it's been liked more almost 100,000 times with over 2,700 comments.
"Thank you for voicing out your thoughts. We all agree with you on this!” wrote one netizen, while another said: "There is no need to sympathise with those who travelled overseas and contracted the virus."
But of course, there were also those who tried to find fault with what Sonia said.
One netizen wrote: "Sonia, didn't you fly to France for your ski trip after our Minister of Health and Welfare said not to take planes?" To which Sonia replied: "Hi, I went in early January and returned by mid-January. At that time, Taiwan had no cases."