COVID-19: Births hit record low during pandemic

Poland's January birth rate fell to its lowest point in over ten years, the ‘Dziennik Gazeta Prawna’ (DGP) daily reported on Thursday.

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna wrote that at only 27,200, births in January were down by 5,000 (18 percent) year on year, the lowest level in the history of January birth records.

Quoting a demographer from the Warsaw School of Economics, the daily wrote that the slump in births is the effect of a rising sense of insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the progressing economic slowdown and the concentration of medical care on treating pandemic patients.

The newspaper also noted that the low birth figures disproved the media's earlier suggestions that extended leisure time under the pandemic lockdown would result in more births.