State Department issues Chinese travel advisory, orders embassy staff to leave Shanghai

As COVID-19 in Shanghai increases, the US State Department has ordered all non-emergency government personnel and family members to evacuate the city, adding a warning to US citizens to reconsider travel in China.

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

“Do not travel to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the PRC, Jilin Province and Shanghai Municipality due to COVID-19 restrictions, including the risk of separation from parents and Children Reconsider travel to Hong Kong SAR from the PRC due to arbitrary application of local laws.

This follows an announcement over the weekend by the US Mission to China in Beijing that non-emergency US government employees and family members of emergency and non-emergency US government employees may voluntarily leave Shanghai.

China is “strongly unhappy” and “strongly opposes” US criticism of China’s anti-COVID-19 policy, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Saturday, calling it of “baseless accusation,” CNBC reported.

Cases in the city have been increasing since February. Shanghai has been confined since the end of March.

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