The U.S. Embassy in Beijing issued a statement on Wednesday, April 6, expressing concerns about the strict pandemic control measures maintained in the country.

The Embassy stated it has expanded staffing to help U.S. citizens affected by the strict COVID-19 policy, including the Embassy in Beijing, Consulates General in Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou, and Wuhan.

It noted that Ambassador Nicholas Burns and other Mission officials were communicating directly to the Chinese government about the issues that U.S. citizens are experiencing.

The Embassy alerts that such measures include “home isolation, mass testing, closure of establishments, transportation disruptions, and closures that may result in the separation of family members.”

Since March 1, the U.S. State Department has raised the level of its travel security alert for mainland China to Level 3 and for Hong Kong to Level 4.

The Department advised its citizens to consider Beijing’s rigid pandemic control measures and revise their traveling decision carefully before going to mainland China and Hong Kong.

Besides COVID-19, the Department also cautioned about the risks of arbitrary detention and exit ban Beijing may apply on U.S. citizens, with those from other nations subjected to as well.

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