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Dozens of customers tried to escape and stormed the exits of the store. The store “zipper” was arranged as close contact of a Covid-19 positive was identified in the store

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Panic scenes were immortalized at an Ikea store in Shanghai last Saturday. As evidenced by a series of videos circulating on the net and filmed by CNN, chaos erupted in the store after the city’s health authorities ordered the “zipper” of the store, in Xuhui district, and the quarantine order. for the customers in, because a close contact of a positive at Covid-19 was established in the store. Dozens of people tried to escape and stormed the store’s exits as authorities tried to quarantine customers. (COVID: LATEST NEWS LIVE – COVID VACCINE: DATA AND IMAGES ON ADMINISTRATIONS IN ITALY, REGION BY REGION)

Quarantine arranged for 2 days

Several videos, posted to social media, show customers yelling and pushing as they try to escape the building before the doors close. As announced on Sunday by the deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission, Zhao Dandan, the sudden closure of the Ikea store was ordered because of close contact with a six-year-old child who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Shanghai from Lhasa. , Tibet , had gone to the store. Zhao Dandan said the store and the areas associated with it will be operated “closed circuit” for two days. For indoor customers, the quarantine order was placed for two days in a government facility, followed by five days of health surveillance. On Monday, August 15, the city’s health authorities reported six cases of Covid-19 transmitted locally in Shanghai, including five asymptomatic.

China’s Zero Covid Policy

Earlier this year, Shanghai was subjected to a two-month total lockdown, sparking widespread public anger as residents reported difficulties in getting food, medicine and other necessities. Since then, in line with the country’s strict “zero Covid” strategy, the city, China’s financial capital, has ordered “zippers” for areas where positive cases or close contacts have been detected.

Source: TG 24 Sky

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