tirsdag 12. april 2022

US orders some consulate staff to leave Shanghai as China Covid outbreak worsens

The US state department on Monday ordered non-emergency US government workers to leave the consulate in Shanghai due to a surge in Covid cases and China’s measures to control the virus. On Friday, the state department announced that non-emergency personnel could voluntarily leave the consulate. It is not clear why the departure of those workers has become mandatory.

“Our change in posture reflects our assessment that it is best for our employees and their families to be reduced in number and our operations to be scaled down as we deal with the changing circumstances on the ground,” the department said on Monday. China responded angrily to the earlier voluntary departure order.

The most controversial of Shanghai’s practices had been separating Covid-positive children from their parents. Authorities have since made some concessions. The state department cited the risk of parents and children being separated in Monday’s announcement.