Shoppers rush for the exits as Shanghai Ikea goes into lockdown

Several videos on social media showed customers shouting and shoving each other as they tried to escape the building before the doors closed.

CNN has reached out to IKEA’s press office in Shanghai for comment.

Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission, said at a press conference on Sunday that “stores and affected areas” would be under “closed loop” management for two days. People in the loop must be quarantined for two days and undergo health monitoring for five days.

City health officials on Monday reported six locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in Shanghai, five of which were asymptomatic.

Shanghai, China’s financial capital and home to 25 million people, was locked down for two months earlier this year, sparking widespread public outcry as residents struggled to order daily essentials including food and medicine.

The lockdown was imposed under China’s strict zero-covid policy, which relies on mass testing, extensive quarantine and even the containment of entire cities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Relying on mobile technology and big data, the Chinese government uses a color-based “health code” system to control people’s movements and prevent the spread of viruses.

Many Chinese cities require people to present a green health QR code to ride public transport and enter places including shopping malls, gyms and restaurants. The system records their whereabouts and whether they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case — those whose health codes turn red are almost exclusively confined to quarantine facilities.

Snap lockdowns have become common across the country, with the public increasingly frustrated by the draconian rules as the economy struggles to adjust to the disruption.

Last week, more than 80,000 tourists were stranded on the popular resort island of Hainan when authorities announced lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus.

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