Divorce rates in China spike after quarantines end

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Large numbers of couples across China are filing for divorce after spending weeks at home together during self-isolation. The northwestern city of Xi’an reported a record-high number of divorce requests since the local marriage registries reopened on March 1, while Dazhou, in southwestern Sichuan Province, also witnessed an uptick in divorce applications (in Chinese).

The news was unsurprising to many: “When couples spend day and night together, it’s hard to gloss over or hide marriage problems,” said (in Chinese) one popular internet comment. “This news didn’t strike me as a surprise.”

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