On Saturday, August 13th, an IKEA store in Shanghai was temporarily locked down and controlled immediately by authorities due to a positive case. Many customers tried to run out of the store as soon as they heard the news.
Several viral videos on Chinese social media since August 13th show an IKEA store in the Xuhui district near central Shanghai. A loudspeaker announced that the regime had ordered a lockdown because some people in the store had close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.
After the news, the customers panicked and ran out for fear of being quarantined. Pictures showed customers shouting and shoving each other as they tried to exit the building before the doors closed. Many security and cleaning staff tried to block the two iron doors but could not do anything because it was too crowded. Then the two doors were forced open since they pushed very hard. The customers (primarily young people) immediately ran out of the store. The security staff then sealed the door to prevent any more from escaping.
However, The Epoch Times cannot independently confirm the video’s authenticity.
A Chinese netizen in the store recorded the entire journey at IKEA Xuhui on August 13th on Weibo. He said, at first, he felt depressed due to the lockdown notice, but gradually he calmed down and lined up. He was finally put on the bus at 12:40 a.m. He and the others were taken to a pre-arranged place and did not go to bed until 2:45 a.m.
Another person recounted, “I never thought I would be sent to quarantine cabins for 48 hours after arriving at IKEA. We didn’t have clothes to change and necessities, no phone charger, and the staff would send us one by one at 4 a.m. The most ironic thing is that those who already ran away do not suffer, and us honest people, who slightly trust policymakers, have to suffer.”
The Shanghai Law Journal reported that Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, told a press conference on Sunday, August 14th, that “regions and people related to IKEA Xuhui store” will be “closely” managed for two days. Those in the closed loop must undergo two days of isolation and five days of health monitoring.
Sohu reported that the City Health Commission announced on the morning of August 15th: “On August 14th, 2021, through the prevention coordination mechanism at the port, six COVID cases were confirmed entering China. One of them, a new case from Japan, has been cured and discharged from the hospital.
In this regard, The Epoch Times quoted some comments from Chinese netizens:
A local netizen complained that Shanghai authorities promoted the 3rd Shanghai May 5th Shopping Festival” on Saturday, August 6th, holding huge discounts in many districts, including Xuhui district, and encouraging people to spend more. Still, now the authorities isolate people in shops.
Another netizen said: “Shanghai launched a shopping festival to encourage citizens to consume and then successfully collected a batch of citizens? It is “a taste of your own medicine,” huh? Lure snakes out of the cave? destroy root and branch. Cut the weeds and dig up the roots?”
The quick “lockdown on the spot” measure is now common in mainland China. People are increasingly frustrated with strict regulations as the economy is ravaged and people’s livelihoods become more precarious. Last week, more than 80,000 tourists were stranded in the resort city of Sanya, Hainan province, after the local authority announced a lockdown.