First COVID-19 lockdown in Germany has little impact on births: Destatis

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BERLIN, March 26 (Xinhua) — The first COVID-19 lockdown in Germany between March and early May in 2020 had “no considerable impact” on the number of births in Germany, according to an initial analysis published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Friday.

With 182,000 babies born nine months after the lockdown, the figure was 0.8 percent higher year-on-year from that of a year ago. “This change is within the usual range of fluctuations of the monthly birth figures,” Destatis noted.

Around 83.2 million people were living in Germany by the end of 2020, according to estimates published by Destatis in mid-January. It was the first time since 2011 that the country’s total population declined as the COVID-19 pandemic was driving up death figures.

In the long run, Destatis expects Germany’s population to further shrink to around 80.2 million by 2050 in a moderate overall scenario with regard to migration, birth rates and expected age. Enditem

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