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As China outbreak slows to trickle, big cities see divorce filings pour in

Registration offices in major cities have been overwhelmed by divorce applications since they resumed services this month following a slowdown in domestic novel coronavirus infections. The deluge of applications has prompted many to suspect that the self-quarantine rules - which limit the time people spend outside their homes to curb infections - have taken a toll on faltering marriages, although some divorce lawyers suggest that the month that follows the Lunar New Year is traditionally a turbulent period for couples. In Xi an, Shaanxi province, the influx of divorce appointments has led local registrars to implore bickering couples to think twice and avoid making rash decisions, according to Huashang News, a local newspaper. Many were quoted as saying that they have been working full tilt to handle such applications since they returned to work on March 2. A search on the city s public service reservation platform by China Daily showed that couples seeking divorce have to wait until early April to have their petitions reviewed.

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