Chinese residents of Wuhan after lifting the transport blockade began to actively apply for marriage registration, the Global Times reported on Wednesday, April 8.
The program for Wednesday’s marriage registration applications struggled to cope with the influx of users, which resulted in temporary problems, the Global Times said. On that day, three times as many users used the program as usual.
The publication emphasized that Wuhan’s desire to get married is in stark contrast to the situation, for example, in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, where divorce peaks were recorded after the city’s registry office resumed operations on March 1.
Chinese Hubei Province authorities lifted a transport blockade on Wuhan on April 8.
Since January 23, Wuhan has been virtually isolated from the outside world because of the coronavirus. Ten other cities in Hubei Province were quarantined the next day. Transportation to and from Hubei province has been suspended, locals are not allowed to leave without special permission, and entry is based on the same principle. Travel within the cities is also strictly restricted.
It was in Wuhan, in December 2019, that a zero patient was identified as infected with SARS-CoV-2. On 11 March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.