Thiruvananthapuram, PTI. India will have the highest number of births in 9 months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, it was estimated, but the southern state of Kerala tells a different story. State government data showed that Kerala has seen a decrease in births during the pandemic. Contrary to the prediction that there will be a surge in child births during the lockdown period. Couples would be able to spend more time together at home, due to which the birth of children was anticipated.

37,138 babies were born in Kerala in July 2020. But the state recorded a drop in births to 10,684 children in July 2021, indicating a sharp decline in live births during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to this, the southern state witnessed a sharp decline in live births in the first nine months of this year.

The state had recorded 36,414 births in January 2020, but it dropped to 30,335 in January 2021. The birth figures for the months ending September this year were the lowest in recent decades. This is revealed by the data of the Chief Registrar of Births and Deaths of Kerala.

In March 2020, a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated that an estimated 116 million babies would be born in the shadows in India during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNICEF report said that these babies are estimated to be born 40 weeks after the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11.

Edited By: Nitin Arora