IKEA shoppers fought their way past security guards trying to hem them into the store after one person came into contact with a Covid patient.
Video shows guards struggling to hold people behind double-doors leading to the Xuhui district of Shanghai before the crowd breaks past them and rushes through the opening.
A six-year-old boy had tested positive after returning to Shanghai from Lhasa in Tibet, Shanghai Health Commission deputy director Zhao Dandan said on Sunday.
One of the customers in the store had come into contact with the boy, prompting authorities to rush to close it down and lock the rest of the shoppers inside.
Health officials are under pressure to enforce China’s ‘zero-Covid’ policy which places residents into quarantine if an online app says they came into contact with someone who tested positive.
Tens of millions of Chinese citizens were placed into strict lockdown earlier in the year.