March 25, 2023

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Covid: Panic at an Ikea in Shanghai, customers try to escape as store goes into quarantine

Customers who cannot escape are held in the store for 4 hours and transferred to a hotel, where they spend several days in quarantine.

A lunar video taken in Shanghai this Saturday is going viral on social media. It shows customers at an Ikea store trying to escape by forcing the doors of an Ikea store as health officials prepare to quarantine it, as a case of Covid has been detected inside.

Dozens of panicked customers made their way to the exits, even as security forces forced themselves to close the store’s doors.

?? In Shanghai, Shanghai, police and anti-epidemic workers suddenly shut down IKEA in the name of investigating the outbreak. Panicked customers ran away.

— Alertesinfos (@AIertesinfos) August 15, 2022

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

During a press conference, the deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission explained that the “shop and the affected area” will be managed “within a closed circuit”. A woman explains Bloomberg Customers who could not escape were locked in the shop between 8pm and midnight, shifted to hostels and quarantined.

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