In a travel advisory, Washington highlighted Hong Kong and northeast China’s Jilin province in addition to Shanghai as places Americans should not travel “due to Covid-19-related restrictions, including including the risk of separation of parents and children”.
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
The US State Department has asked Americans to reconsider travel to China and avoid visiting virus hotspots, including Shanghai, due to what it calls “arbitrary enforcement” of Covid-19 restrictions. 19 amid the country’s worst outbreak.
In a travel advisory issued Friday, Washington highlighted Hong Kong and northeast China’s Jilin province in addition to Shanghai as places Americans should not travel “due to Covid-19 restrictions.” 19, including the risk of parents and children being separated.”
Non-emergency employees and their family members of the US consulate in Shanghai are also allowed to leave. The city reported more than 23,600 new cases on Friday.
The U.S. Embassy in China informed Chinese officials of the voluntary departure decision and raised concerns about the ongoing outbreak and Beijing’s response to Covid, according to an embassy spokesperson. the United States.
The decision to allow the voluntary departure of employees of the American consulate in Shanghai and to discourage Americans from visiting the Chinese megacities of Shanghai and Hong Kong could exacerbate tensions that are already high between the world’s two largest economies amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
China is struggling to stop the hyper-infectious omicron variant with lockdowns in multiple cities and repeated mass testing as it clings to a zero-tolerance approach. Known as Covid Zero, the strategy has become less effective in preventing domestic outbreaks due to the increasing contagiousness of new variants and more disruptive to economic activities and people’s lives. China’s embrace of it has left the country increasingly isolated in a world that has largely moved towards reopening borders and living with the virus.
The lockdown of 25 million people in Shanghai and another 24 million in Jilin province has sparked growing angst and discontent among residents confined to their homes, as food supplies dwindled and others struggled to access to timely health care. Officials have promised better support for those in lockdown in recent days and reiterated the need to maintain the Covid Zero strategy amid growing questions from the public about whether it is starting to cause more harm than good.
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