Covid: Panic at an Ikea in Shanghai where customers try to flee while store is open

Covid: Panic at an Ikea in Shanghai where customers try to flee while store is open

Customers who couldn’t escape were locked inside the store for 4 hours before being taken to a hotel where they will spend several days in quarantine.

A lunar video filmed in Shanghai this Saturday is making the rounds on social media. It shows customers of an Ikea store trying to escape by breaking down the doors, an Ikea store that the health authorities were preparing to quarantine because a Covid case would have been found inside.

So, in a panic, the dozens of customers made their way to the exit, even if it meant pushing while security forced themselves to try and close the store’s door.

?? In Xuhui, Shanghai, police and anti-epidemic staff suddenly shut down IKEA in the name of investigating the epidemic. Customers got scared and ran away in panic.
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— Alertesinfos (@AIertesinfos) August 15, 2022

After learning that a 6-year-old child who tested positive in Tibet had visited this store, Chinese authorities decided to quarantine the store’s customers.

During a press conference, the deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission said that “the business and the affected area” would be managed “in a closed loop.” A woman told Bloomberg that the customers who couldn’t escape were locked inside the store between 8pm and midnight before being taken to a hotel where they were quarantined.