State Department Pulls Some Personnel from Shanghai

Advises travelers to postpone trips to Shanghai until after outbreak.

On Monday, the State Department ordered non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members to depart from the Shanghai consulate. Shanghai reported 20,000 daily cases over the past five days and 220,000 positive COVID-19 cases since March. Though the outbreak is severe, deaths due to the virus have been low. However, the order was made due to the very strict quarantining measures China has enforced since the outbreak began.

“The zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 by the (People’s Republic of China) and Hong Kong governments severely impacts travel and access to public services,” the State Department said. “All travelers should prepare to quarantine at a government-designated location for a minimum of 14 days upon arrival. While in quarantine, health authorities will test travelers as often as daily for COVID-19 and will not permit travelers to leave their rooms.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. diplomats and embassy staff located in Shanghai.
  • For Secretary Blinken to seek God’s direction as he heads the State Department.
  • For the millions of residents of Shanghai experiencing lockdown.

Sources: CNN, State Department


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