State Department orders non-essential personnel to leave Shanghai amid COVID-19 outbreak – KIRO 7 News Seattle

WASHINGTON – The US State Department on Monday order all non-emergency government personnel and their family members in Shanghai to leave amid a COVID-19 surge.

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“Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary application of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions,” the State Department said in the Level 3 travel advisory.

Specifically, the advisory warned against travel to the following areas, not only to minimize exposure to the virus, but also to limit the “risk of separation of parents and children”.

  • The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the PRC
  • Jilin Province
  • Shanghai Municipality

“Reconsider travel to Hong Kong SAR in the PRC due to arbitrary application of local laws,” the notice said. declared.

Monday’s notice comes three days after the State Department announced that non-essential personnel could voluntarily leave the consulate, but the latest notice did not indicate what prompted the change from voluntary to mandatory, Reuters reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Saturday that China is “strongly unhappy” and “strongly opposes” the United States’ “baseless accusation” of China’s anti-terrorism policy. COVID-19, according to a statement. CNBC translation of the Chinese statement.

Mainland China is currently experiencing its biggest surge of COVID-19 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, with the northern province of Jilin and the southeastern city of Shanghai among the hardest hit places, a reported the network.

Read it full CNBC report for a clearer picture of the surge.

Michelle J. Kelley