Covid: France advises against traveling to Shanghai, the United States forces its staff to leave

Posted on April 12, 2022 at 9:06 amUpdated on April 12, 2022 at 10:07

« Any plans to travel to Shanghai must be postponed. In the context of an epidemic outbreak and strict confinement, France recommends its citizens not to go to the Chinese metropolis. “Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the city of Shanghai is under strict lockdown indefinitely.explains the Quai d’Orsay in an update to his “travel tips.” This measure is accompanied by a screening campaign for the entire population. A positive result leads to the isolation in a hospital or equipped center of the positive person and the contact cases. »

Shanghai really faces its strongest wave of Covid-19 Since the beginning of the pandemic and to deal with it, the authorities have put the 26 million inhabitants in strict confinement for several weeks.

Given the growing discontent of the population, the city authorities announced, on Monday night, the lifting of the confinement of 7,565 residences that had not reported any positive cases for Covid during the last two weeks. But some residences refuse to apply the exit permit, “Les Echos” saw in the act, in front of a padlocked gate. Hotels, shopping centers and public buildings are included in the list published by the authorities. In the facts, almost all Shanghai residents remain in lockdown in his house.

Fear of “arbitrary application” of restrictions

In this context, the United States announced on Tuesday that it had “ordered” non-essential employees at its Shanghai consulate to leave the city, a US embassy spokesman said in a statement. The number of people affected by this decision is unknown on Tuesday and it was not immediately clear whether an exit from Shanghai meant an exit from Chinese territory. The embassy said US diplomats had informed Chinese authorities “of their concerns for the safety and well-being of US citizens.”

Last week, the US Embassy had already “allowed” non-essential consular employees to leave the city, judging that US citizens risked facing “arbitrary application” of the anti covid restrictions . In response, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, had denounced “unfounded accusations”. He also said that China had lodged “solemn protests” with the United States.

increase in cases

The Health Ministry reported more than 23,000 new positive cases in Shanghai on Tuesday. Very high figures for China, one of the last countries in the world to apply a covid zero strategy . Thus, the country applies strict confinements as soon as some cases appear, the separation of people who test positive from the rest of the population, it grants visas dribble and imposes quarantine upon arrival in the territory.

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