Foreign Residents Flee Shanghai as Lockdowns Grow Heavier

Foreign residents have started fleeing Shanghai amid the cosmopolitan city’s heavy COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Shanghai government’s restrictions incited rare rebukes from foreign business groups and resulted in the US ordering all non-emergency staff at its consulate to evacuate.

The lockdown in Shanghai has created public frustration over lost wages, family separations, poor conditions in quarantine, and lack of access to medical care and food.

On Sunday, 21,796 new community-transmitted COVID-19 infections were reported with the asymptomatic cases coming from Shanghai.

According to China Daily, Shanghai has recorded about 164,000 overseas residents in a census from 2020.

Stan, a Ph.D. student and the only white resident of his building in the Pudong New Area, said that he lives in fear of getting abducted to central quarantine facilities and being detained there for an unknown amount of time.

Stan said that he requested the VOA Mandarin to use a pseudonym so he could avoid retaliation from Shanghai authorities.

China has seen a steady drain of foreigners since the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, and succeeding entry restrictions have slowed new entrants to a trickle.


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