The U.S. Embassy in Beijing will take charge to assist U.S. citizens in the Shanghai consular district after some of its employees have departed Shanghai.

According to the statement on Monday, April 18, the U.S. Mission in China has adjusted operations to ensure urgent services for U.S. citizens.

The Embassy said, “We have assembled a team based in Beijing to supplement the surge in demand for urgent citizen services and now have 80 officers working together to support the more than 40,000 American citizens in the Shanghai consular district alone.”

Ambassador Nicholas Burns and other Department and Mission officials are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the difficulties that its citizens face every day.

The U.S. mission said it is available 24 hours a day and provides consultant services to American citizens who are having problems with getting out of Shanghai as well as acquiring food and medical assistance due to the lockdown.

The statement noted, “For U.S. citizens in Shanghai who wish to depart China, commercial flights remain available but are limited. We are engaged on the issue of airport access for U.S. citizen travelers with confirmed air tickets.”

For assistance with food delivery or bulk orders, American citizens need to contact local neighborhood communities and be aware of delayed food deliveries along with a limited supply of some specific items.
South China Morning Post reported that Shanghai residents have complained about lack of food, denial of medical support, and other disturbances since the lockdown.

Restrictions are gradually relaxed in some neighborhoods. Local authorities on Monday, April 18, recorded 2,417 local confirmed cases and 19,831 asymptomatic infections.

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