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US orders personnel out of Shanghai

U.S. orders some personnel to leave Shanghai consulate

Near deserted highways and streets in the Puxi area of Shanghai, China, on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Shanghais 25 million residents are almost all under some form of lockdown as the financial hub scrambles to tame a relentless surge of the coronaviruss highly contagious omicron variant. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
By Reuters
12 Apr 2022 0

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Monday ordered non-emergency U.S. 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.

The most controversial of Shanghai’s practices had been separating COVID-positive children from their parents. Authorities have since made some concessions. Read full story

The State Department cited the risk of parents and children being separated in Monday’s announcement.

Shanghai is fighting China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak since the virus first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019.

 

(Reporting by Eric Beech, editing by Dan Whitcomb and Kim Coghill)

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