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Newsline: US embassy extends services to make up for Covid lockdown-hit Shanghai consulate

The US embassy in Beijing has taken over consulate services in eastern China after the departure of some of its personnel in Shanghai because of a weeks-long lockdown. The embassy said on Monday that it had reorganised operations to ensure they could help the affected American citizens. “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,” the embassy said. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-embassy-extends-services-covid-093000442.html) The consular district covers Shanghai and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The embassy said it was offering advice to American citizens who were having trouble leaving Shanghai and getting food and medical care in the lockdown. The mission suggested that Americans contact the embassy about confirmed flights or other urgent matters, and contact neighbourhood committees for food delivery or bulk orders, warning that deliveries may be delayed and limited.

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