China population: ‘dire reality’ of crisis underlined as coronavirus blamed for tumbling 2020 births

China’s newborns dropped by 45 per cent in the last two months of 2020 compared to the final year of the notorious one-child policy five years earlier, according to a new research paper, as the coronavirus particularly dampened the willingness of women under 30 to give birth.Chinese mothers gave birth to just 12 million babies last year, down from 14.65 million in 2019, marking an 18 per cent decline year on year and continuing the descent to a near six-decade low, while the national birth rate…


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