Shanghai threatens to punish those who violate severe Covid lockdowns

Shanghai’s 25 million residents are being warned to comply with the city’s extreme Covid lockdown measures or face punishment.

“Those who violate the provisions of this notice will be dealt with in strict accordance with the law by public security organs … If it constitutes a crime, they will be investigated according to law,” the department said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Home for two weeks

Residents have been forced to stay inside their homes for two weeks as case numbers have increased across the nation.

Some neighborhoods have now been allowed to go outside, though more than six million people are being told to stay home.

The restrictions have led to concerns as residents are unable to get daily items such as food and medicine.

The U.S. warns workers to leave

Those who have tested positive for the virus have been forced to live in quarantine facilities that have reportedly become crowded.

The actions have led the U.S. to tell all “non-emergency” government employees to leave Shanghai’s consulate.

The State Department also advised Americans not to travel to China due to lockdown restrictions and the risk of family members being separated over a potential positive Covid test.

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