Coronavirus impact: Divorce rate spikes in China after couples spend more time together at home

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Coronavirus impact: Divorce rate spikes in China after couples spend more time together at home

Divorce rates in China have increased over the last couple of months owing to coronavirus. According to register offices across the country, this is because of self-quarantine protocols that have enabled couples to spend more time together.

Over 300 couples have scheduled appointments to get a divorce, Lu Shijun, manager of a marriage registry told the portal.


To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, cities around China have ordered their citizens to self-isolate for over a month.

Officials believe the significant rise in the number of divorce requests could be caused by the fact that the couples have spent too much time in close quarters under quarantine at home following 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,’ Mr Lu explained.

Another factor could be a result of delayed applications due to the council offices closing for nearly a month during the coronavirus epidemic.

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.

The total number of deaths due to coronavirus across the world crossed the 7,000 mark on Monday.

The total number of deaths across the globe were recorded at 7,071, out of 179,814 total cases.