The US State Department has ordered government employees, as well as their family members, to leave Shanghai, not in response to the city’s COVID outbreak, but in response to the draconian lockdown restriction being imposed by authorities.
The order specifically mentioned Beijing’s “response” to the outbreak, not the increase in cases, while also advising against travel to the region.
“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 travel advisory warned.
All Americans are also being urged to “reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong SAR due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”
Despite Shanghai logging more than 130,000 COVID cases since March 1st, authorities have dubiously claimed that no one has died and that only one person has suffered severe illness.
This is likely a ‘zero COVID’ propaganda ploy to try to justify brutal lockdown restrictions that according to some observers, have left the city on the brink of massive civil unrest.
As we previously highlighted, children are being separated from their parents inside quarantine camps as others struggle to buy food while the severely ill are being denied urgent medical care.
Citizens aren’t even allowed to leave their homes for exercise or to walk their dogs, while pet owners infected with COVID-19 are also having their animals murdered by local authorities.
The army has been deployed to the streets in anticipation of food riots, while an eerie video shows thousands of people screaming from the windows and balconies of their high rise apartment blocks.
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