During Shanghai’s two-month strict lockdown, some people struggled to obtain food and medical supplies, among other hardships they had to suffer. The lockdown’s impact on people’s mental health has triggered other issues.

The Civil Affairs Bureau became active once Shanghai reopened. Many couples have rushed to apply for divorce, leading to an influx of applications. Registration for divorce appointments has been scheduled through July in many areas.

Taiwanese media UDN on June 8 cited The Paper and the Hong Kong Economic Times as reporting that not just marriage registrations but also a large number of divorce registration applications had skyrocketed. This happened right after the Shanghai lockdown was lifted.

Many divorce registration appointments in Xuhui District and Pudong New Area were fully booked within a month. Meanwhile, Putuo and Changning Districts still have appointments from the past month.

The report pointed out that as of the morning of June 8, the date of divorce appointments on the platform of the Marriage Registration Service Center in Xuhui District was open until July 7. The number of divorce appointments available for each day is 12 couples.

However, only five spots are left for the divorce appointment on July 7, and all other days and times have been fully booked.

One Shanghai netizen then tried to verify if it was difficult to make an appointment for divorce as reported.

She first made divorce registration appointment within a half month, but the result was that it was full.

Then she moved to choose the dates for the end of June and the beginning of July, but both were also already booked.

She joked, comparing the incident to ordering food via a grocery shopping app. 

Dates and times for marriage registration appointments have also been provided, but there are very few appointments.

According to Australia’s ABC News, Shanghai’s long-term lockdown resulted in an increased demand for mental health services.

Chinese science blog Data-Humanism conducted a recent survey of 1,021 Shanghai residents. The survey showed that 40 percent of respondents reported feeling depressed. 

In addition, searches for ‘counseling’ on China’s Baidu search engine also grew by 253 percent.

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