Published on: 04/12/2022 – 05:03Modified on: 04/12/2022 – 08:40 While the Covid-19 pandemic is raging in Shanghai, the Chinese economic capital placed under very strict confinement, the Department of The US state on Tuesday ordered the departure of its consular staff and expressed to Beijing its “concerns for the safety and well-being of American citizens”. The United States has ordered non-essential employees of its consulate in Shanghai to leave the city amid an outbreak and strict containment measures in the metropolis, the US Embassy said on Tuesday (April 12). Health reported more than 23,000 new positive cases in Shanghai on Tuesday. China’s economic capital is facing its strongest surge since the start of the pandemic. The authorities have confined almost all of the 25 million inhabitants and are placing those who test positive in quarantine centers.>> Read also: Presidential: subject to Shanghai confinement, the French deprived of the first roundIt is in this context that the US State Department “ordered the departure [de son personnel] due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said in a statement. U.S. diplomats also informed Chinese authorities “of their security and safety concerns. the well-being of American citizens”, specifies the text. Zero Covid strategy 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 people tested positive with the rest of the population, visas issued in dribs and drabs, quarantine on arrival in the territory or even tracing of movements. Last week, the United States Embassy had already indicated “authorize” the non-essential employees of the consulate to leave Shanghai.She also considered that American citizens risked facing an “arbitrary application” of anti-Covid restrictions.With AFP
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