RPT-Love in the time of coronavirus? Around the world, dating finds a way

(Repeats for additional subscribers) By Katie Paul, Inti Landauro and Ellen Francis SAN FRANCISCO/MADRID/BEIRUT, March 19 (Reuters) – The night after Spain’s government ordered a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus, 30-year-old Marcos got up the nerve to ask the woman he’d been messaging on Tinder for three days to visit him at home. To his surprise, she accepted. Arriving in a taxi, wearing gloves and refusing to take the elevator, she hooked up with Marcos in his apartment before insisting he call her a cab before dawn to go home. “First time ever a girl accepts to come to my apartment for the first date,” said the salesman, who Reuters agreed to identify by his first name. “I guess it will be my last pickup before this all ends.” As governments invoke emergency powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and social distancing measures preclude meeting people in bars, cafes or restaurants, love – or at least lust – is still finding a way via dating apps. While some users like Marcos are meeting in person, many are romancing online because of the public health risks, often using in-app video chats. “It used to be more ‘hey looking… Read full this story

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