Panicked shoppers at an Ikea in China rushed to the exits and made their way through crowds of security forces on Saturday amid news an immediate COVID-19 lockdown was about to begin.
Shanghai city health officials ordered Ikea to close after a close contact of a coronavirus case was traced to the store, according to CNN News.
Video captured inside the store showed a chaotic scene as desperate shoppers pushed through an exit, trying not to get trapped inside.
Another video showed half a dozen uniformed men trying to keep a set of doors closed before a group behind the doors forced them open and ran past the guards.
Shanghai Health Commission deputy director Zhao Dandan told BBC News the sudden closure was ordered after a close contact of a COVID-positive child visited the store.
The commission said the store in the city’s Xuhui District will establish close contacts under the “two-day circular management and five-day health surveillance” under Shanghai’s disease prevention and control regulations.
A “closed-loop” system often requires affected individuals to be isolated at that location or at a nearby quarantine facility, such as a hospital. B. a hotel, work, eat and sleep.
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It was not reported how many people were unable to leave the Ikea market on Saturday.
Shanghai Daily reported on Sunday that nearly 400 close contacts of the six-year-old boy have been identified and another 80,000 people have been ordered to undergo a PCR test based on contact tracing.
Strict lockdowns remain a contentious issue in Shanghai. Widespread anger erupted among many of the city’s 25 million residents earlier this year when the government imposed a two-month city-wide quarantine.
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China has a strict zero-COVID policy, relying on mass testing and extensive quarantines to quell potential outbreaks as they emerge.
In May, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China’s zero-COVID policy is not a viable long-term solution as the virus continues to evolve to become more transmissible.
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“When we talk about the zero-COVID strategy, we don’t think it’s sustainable given the current behavior of the virus and what we expect going forward,” he said at the time, according to Bloomberg.
To date, China — a country of more than 1.4 billion people — has registered fewer than a million cases of COVID, according to Our World in Data.
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