UNICEF expects 110mn children to be born worldwide amid pandemic
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated that 116 million babies are expected to be born worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a report released on International Mother’s Day (which is being observed on May 10), the World Health Organization said 116 million babies will be born in the next 40 weeks (or 9 months) after March 11, when the COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic in different countries.
Regardless of the lockdowns and also because medical facilities are still facing a shortage of medical equipment and maternity support personnel, mothers and newborns will face problems.
The World Health Organization warns that COVID-19 preventive measures could impact life-saving services such as childbirth, endangering millions of pregnant women and their children.
India is top of the list of 21 million countries with the largest number of births in the next nine months, followed by China 13.5 million, Nigeria 6.4 million, Pakistan 5 million, and Indonesia expects the birth of 4 million children.
The United States was sixth on the list, on which, according to the New York Administration, 3.3 million babies were projected to be born between March 11 and December 16.
Although the fact that the mother can transmit the coronavirus to her baby during pregnancy has not yet been established, the World Health Organization has advised all pregnant women to take all precautionary measures to protect themselves against the deadly virus.