Mon, 26 Jul 2021

BERLIN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- With 65,903 babies born in Germany in March, the number of births during this month reached the highest level in more than 20 years, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Tuesday.

The increase in births was "temporally related to the flattening of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic," Destatis noted. Germany's first COVID-19 lockdown was gradually eased nine months ago.

The figures from the beginning of the year still suggested that "no more children were conceived during the first lockdown than usual" as birth figures were still roughly at the level of the previous year, Destatis noted.

Last year, the number of babies born in Germany declined slightly year-on-year which was a "continuation of the downward trend which began after the last strong increase in births in 2016," Destatis noted. Regardless, 2020 saw "one of the five strongest birth cohorts of the past two decades" and there was no negative effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of births in Germany, Destatis added.

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