Shanghai Ikea lockdown sparks scramble as China enforces ‘zero covid’


Health officials attempted to blockade an IKEA store in Shanghai after a customer had been in close contact with a positive Covid case.

A sudden lockdown at an Ikea store in Shanghai over the weekend unleashed a chaotic scene, as masked shoppers scrambled for the exits, amid an effort to quarantine those in the store after authorities learned that several customers had been exposed to the coronavirus.

Videos of the rush spread widely on social media, in part because they highlighted the growing gulf between China, where officials enforce a strict “zero covid” policy through mass testing and rapid lockdowns, and many other parts of the world, where business has resumed as usual, even as coronavirus cases remain high.

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