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Thousands of people try to flee IKEA Shanghai after corona infection is reported

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Thousands of people try to flee IKEA Shanghai after corona infection is reported

Panic broke out at an IKEA branch in the Chinese city of Shanghai when the store closed its doors and thousands of customers were unexpectedly banned from leaving the building. The store went into lockdown after a customer was said to have been in contact with a child infected with the coronavirus.

Footage of the furniture store’s closure shows local authorities trying to keep customers in the store. However, the huge crowd managed to push the door open in no time after which people rushed out en masse. Despite the shoppers fleeing the store, everyone was forced to quarantine for two days. In addition, everyone had to be monitored for five days.

China still has the strictest corona policy in the world and maintains a ‘zero Covid’ policy. Local lockdowns regularly take place, although it is no longer called that. Instead, there is talk of ‘relative standstill’ or a ‘quiet period’. That happened in April in Shanghai: the city only reopened two months later.

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