Divorce rates in China have risen significantly because “couples are spending too much time together at home” while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic, the Daily Mail is reporting.

According to Lu Shijun, a marriage registry manager in Dazhou, over 300 couples have scheduled appointments to get a divorce since February 24.

Officials are struggling to keep up with the demand with people queueing out the door.

As an official for the Beilin district registration offices explains, “Many couples have been bound with each other at home for over a month, which evoked the underlying conflicts, adding that the office had been closed for a month, therefore the office has seen an acutely increasing divorce appointment,” the Global Times reports.

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