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Ikea Shoppers Panic After Security Locks Down Store on Covid Risk

  • Shoppers seen fleeing and pushing to escape as doors shuttered
  • Scenes of mayhem now frequent in China when lockdowns loom
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Scenes of mayhem unfolded in an Ikea in Shanghai as health authorities tried to lock down the store on Saturday and quarantine those on site after learning someone who had been in contact with a Covid-19 patient had visited. 

News of the flash shutdown sent shoppers fleeing and screaming in an effort to get out of the building before the doors were locked, videos on social media showed. Shanghai’s 25 million residents are well versed in lockdowns, after being barred from leaving their homes for two months this spring in an effort to eradicate the virus.