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As Covid Grows, the Us State Department Orders All Non-emergency Us Employees in Shanghai to Leave

As Covid grows, the U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government employees and their families to leave Shanghai.

On April 8, the agency issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens about “arbitrary enforcement of local regulations” and Covid-19 restrictions.

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian described the United States’ characterization of China’s Covid policy as a “baseless accusation,” adding that the Chinese side has aided foreign diplomats and consular workers on Covid-related issues to the extent that approach allows.

According to an announcement dated April 11, the U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government personnel and their family members in Shanghai to depart as Covid increases and has advised U.S. nationals to avoid traveling to China.

The State Department advised travelers to “consider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary implementation of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions.”

Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, including the potential of parents and children being separated, do not travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Jilin province, or Shanghai municipality,” the statement stated. “Reconsider traveling to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China due to local laws’ arbitrary implementation.”

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As Covid Grows, the Us State Department Orders All Non-emergency Us Employees in Shanghai to Leave

The State Department’s notice came after one from the U.S. Mission in China in Beijing over the weekend, which stated that non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members of emergency and non-emergency U.S. government employees could leave Shanghai voluntarily.

On April 8, the U.S. issued a travel warning that included the exact language concerning “arbitrary enforcement of local regulations” and Covid-19 restrictions.

According to a CNBC translation of the Chinese statement, China is “seriously displeased” with and “firmly rejects” the U.S.’ “groundless criticism” of China’s Covid policy.

He said that the United States made the voluntary evacuation notice on its initiative. The Chinese side has aided foreign diplomats and consular workers on Covid-related concerns to the extent that policy allows.

Mainland China has experienced the worst Covid epidemic in the last few weeks since the pandemic began in early 2020.

While instances have been reported throughout the country, the northern province of Jilin and the southeastern metropolis of Shanghai have been particularly severely affected, with local authorities enforcing tight stay-at-home and travel restrictions to contain the outbreaks.

Shanghai officials lifted quarantine restrictions that had separated parents from their children last week. The city announced a staged approach to raising lockdowns this week.

Since late February, the city has attempted one of the most targeted Covid control measures to contain a spike in cases, but in late March, the city was locked down in two stages to conduct mass testing.

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Jilin is home to several auto industries, while Shanghai is a hub for many global enterprises in China.

In a subsequent statement, the U.S. Mission in China added, “The personnel and family members will depart on commercial aircraft.” “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Department ordered the departure.”

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