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The Birth rate falls

Births in the Canary Islands have registered a decrease of 10.17% in the first four months of this year, the second community where they fell the most after Asturias, which was 10.45%, according to the monthly estimates of births of the National Institute of Statistics (INE) published on Monday.

In Spain as a whole, births in Spain continue the downward trend started five years ago and accelerated by the pandemic with 105,141 children born in the first four months of this year, 6 percent less than between January and April 2020 but a drop of 47.2 percent compared to the same period of 2016.

According to the INE statistics, which offers data since 2016, the cumulative figure so far in 2021 is the lowest in this historical series. In 2020, 111,941 children were born in Spain between January and April compared to 116,295 in 2019 or the maximum in 2016, with 199,387 births.

The INE statistics also reveal that between December 2020 and February 2021, births recorded the negative birth rate (below 25,000). These sharp declines coincide with the end of periods of pregnancy that began with the beginning of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the INE's monthly estimate, 27,578 children were born in April of this year, 1,658 fewer than in March when there was a slight year-on-year increase of 2.5 percent.

By autonomous communities, between January and April, births fell in all communities except Aragon where they rose 0.96 percent.

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