Updated Apr 12, 2022 - World

U.S. orders all non-emergency government staff in Shanghai to leave

Medical staff monitor health data of patients in the quarantine zone at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China on April 10, 2022.

Medical staff monitor health data of patients in the quarantine zone at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China, on April 10. Photo: Yin Liqin/China News Service via Getty Images

The U.S. Department of State ordered all non-emergency government staff in Shanghai to leave on Monday, in response to surging COVID-19 cases and China's tightening pandemic restrictions.

What they're saying: The department's advisory also urged American citizens to reconsider travel to China "due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and pandemic-related restrictions.

  • "Do not travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Jilin province, and Shanghai municipality due to COVID-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated," the statement said.
  • "Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong SAR due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws," it added.

Driving the news: Shanghai's 26 million residents have endured widespread food shortages, health care disruptions and mass censorship since the strict lockdown measures were implemented on March 28.

The big picture: Shanghai discharged upward of 11,000 recovered patients on Sunday, per AP.

  • Chinese officials say lockdown measures will be lifted in areas with no new cases in the past 14 days following another round of testing, Time noted.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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