IKEA shoppers fight their way out of Shanghai store as security guards try to lock them inside

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Desperate IKEA shoppers fight their way out of store in Shanghai as security guards try to lock them up after ONE customer came in contact with a Covid patient

  • Security closed the store in Xuhui district and tried to lock the shoppers inside
  • A customer had come into contact with a boy who tested positive for Covdi-19
  • Although no one in the store had tested positive, authorities closed the doors
  • Earlier this year, tens of millions of Chinese citizens were imprisoned

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IKEA shoppers made their way past security guards who tried to lock them in the store after a person came into contact with a Covid patient.

Video shows guards struggling to keep people behind double doors leading into Shanghai’s Xuhui district before the crowd breaks past them and storms through the opening.

A six-year-old boy had tested positive after returning to Shanghai from Lhasa in Tibet, Shanghai Health Commission deputy director Zhao Dandan said Sunday.

One of the customers in the store had come into contact with the boy, prompting authorities to rush to close the store and lock up the rest of the shoppers.

Health officials are under pressure to enforce China’s ‘zero Covid’ policy, which will quarantine residents if an online app says they came into contact with someone who tested positive.

Earlier this year, tens of millions of Chinese citizens were placed in strict lockdown.

Video shows guards struggling to keep people behind a nodding door in Shanghai's Xuhui district before the crowd breaks past them and rushes through the opening

Video shows guards struggling to keep people behind a nodding door in Shanghai’s Xuhui district before the crowd breaks past them and rushes through the opening

IKEA shoppers were forced to force their way past guards who tried to lock them in the store in accordance with China's Covd-19 lockdown rules

IKEA shoppers were forced to force their way past guards who tried to lock them in the store in accordance with China's Covd-19 lockdown rules

IKEA shoppers were forced to force their way past guards who tried to lock them in the store in accordance with China’s Covd-19 lockdown rules

One of the customers in the store had come into contact with a six-year-old boy who had contracted Covid, prompting authorities to rush to close the store and lock up the rest of the shoppers

One of the customers in the store had come into contact with a six-year-old boy who had contracted Covid, prompting authorities to rush to close the store and lock up the rest of the shoppers

One of the customers in the store had come into contact with a six-year-old boy who had contracted Covid, prompting authorities to rush to close the store and lock up the rest of the shoppers

Those who were in the Ikea store now have to quarantine for two days, followed by five days of health monitoring, Mr Zhao said, according to the BBC.

China can track who was in the store using its Covid monitoring app, which all residents of China are required by law to carry with them.

China locked Shanghai earlier in 2022, subjecting its largest financial center to food rationing and months without sunlight.

Areas with zero Covid cases over a two-week period may engage in ‘appropriate activities’, China posted in April.

Walking in the park, taking the bus and even getting into your own home now depends on the approval of Covid apps in some parts of China.

But even one Covid case could lead to a citywide lockdown, with four cities in Hainan beginning the lockdowns in August.

Sanya beach resort has been closed indefinitely since the beginning of the month, and the nearby town of Haikou is closed for business from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Crowds of Hainan residents line up at a nucleic acid testing site amid Sanya's lockdown measures

Crowds of Hainan residents line up at a nucleic acid testing site amid Sanya's lockdown measures

Crowds of Hainan residents line up at a nucleic acid testing site amid Sanya’s lockdown measures

The seaside resort of Hainan in the South China Sea is the country's largest and most popular holiday destination

The seaside resort of Hainan in the South China Sea is the country's largest and most popular holiday destination

The seaside resort of Hainan in the South China Sea is the country’s largest and most popular holiday destination

Those who want to leave will have to test negative five times over seven days.

China reported more than 2,000 local Covid-19 cases on Friday after infections crept higher in China’s tourist hub Hainan, according to Bloomberg.

China has entered an economic slowdown after month after month of lockdown restrictions.

Factory and retail activity slowed in July, Chinese data showed, even as the central bank unexpectedly cut key interest rates to support the economy.

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