The United States has ordered non-essential employees of its consulate in Shanghai to leave the city, against the backdrop of an epidemic outbreak and strict containment measures in the metropolis, the American embassy announced on Tuesday April 12.
China’s economic capital is facing its biggest surge in cases since the start of the pandemic. Authorities have locked down almost all of the 25 million residents and are placing those who test positive in quarantine centres.
It is in this context that the US State Department has “ordered the departure [de son personnel] due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak”a US embassy spokesman said in a statement.
The American diplomats have also informed the Chinese authorities “of their concerns for the safety and well-being of American citizens”specify the text.
Isolation in quarantine centers
China is one of the last countries in the world to apply a strict zero Covid strategy. It consists of several measures: confinements as soon as a few cases appear, separation of people who test positive from the rest of the population, visas issued in dribs and drabs, quarantine on arrival in the territory or even tracing of movements.
China’s health ministry reported more than 23,000 new positive cases in Shanghai on Tuesday. Almost all of its 25 million inhabitants are still confined to their homes, with some having difficulty recovering food. Many of those who tested positive were also placed in solitary confinement in large quarantine centers set up in exhibition halls or prefabricated structures.
Last week, the United States Embassy had already announced ” to allow “ non-essential consulate employees to leave Shanghai. She also felt that American citizens risked being confronted with a “arbitrary application” anti-Covid restrictions.