While Indians are preparing to spend more time at home with their loved ones during the Corona Virus Pandemic, Chinese couples are already at war with each other.
The country reported a spike in divorce cases ever since the coronavirus outbreak. Registrar offices in China saw a sharp rise in divorce applications with one centre recording over 300 applications for divorce since February 24. The offices said that the main reason for the sudden spike was because,
Couples were spending too much time together at home.
According to the Daily Mail, the marriage registry in Dazhou, Sichuan Province in south-west China recorded over 300 applications. The registry clarified that the number of applications have increased ever since the virus outbreak. While many have attributed the sudden rise to the increase in the amount of time spent at home, others believe this could be because of delayed applications.
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Council offices had remained closed for nearly a month during the peak of the virus outbreak in China, while officials in Fuzhou of the Fujian Province have kept an upper limit of divorce appointments to 10.
Officials believe the sharp increase of divorce requests could be caused by the fact that partners have spent too much time in close quarters under quarantine. Mr Lu Shijun, the manager of a marriage registry in Dazhou, Sichuan Province of south-western China, told local media,
The divorce rate [in the district] has soared compared to before [the coronavirus outbreak]. Young people are spending a lot of time at home. They tend to get into heated arguments because of something petty and rush into getting a divorce.
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Marriage registration offices in Xi’an of Shaanxi Province in north-western China have also seen an unprecedented rise of divorce appointments since re-opening on March 1, according to reports. One district office received 14 requests in one day, hitting the upper limit set by the local council.
Scientists are also debating about whether spending time in close quarters is beneficial for couples or proving otherwise.
China which still has the highest number of coronavirus cases has seen the number of cases reduce drastically over the past couple of weeks. The stringent measures taken by the Chinese government has contained the outbreak to a great extent. According to the W.H.O, Europe is now the new epicentre of the virus with Italy being the most affected. Countries around the globe have taken strong measures to contain the virus outbreak which has been classified as a pandemic now.
One can only hope for things to settle soon so that couples globally can live happily ever….after…..office hours!
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