India welcomed 2020 in a truly special way – by setting a unique world record!
India set a record on 1st January 2020 of the most number of babies born worldwide on New Year’s Day. Yes, it is what it sounds like!
According to data released by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), around 392,078 babies were born across the globe on January 1 and 67,385 were born in India.
After India, China stands at 46,299 newborn babies born on January 1 followed by Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the USA (10,452).
UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore said, “The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future but the future of those who will come after us.”
“As the calendar flips each January, we are reminded of all the possibility and potential of each child embarking on her or his life’s journey—if they are just given that chance.”
The first baby of 2020 was delivered in Fiji in the Pacific and the last baby delivered on January 1 was born in the US.
UNICEF celebrates babies that are born on January 1 and this year India topped the list of most born babies on New Year’s Day.
However, according to PTI, in 2018 around 2.5 million newborns didn’t sustain even for a month and around one-third of them died on the first day itself.
“Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating. We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands,” Fore added.
According to PTI, India is also said to break all records and become the most populated country by the year 2027, leaving China behind.
According to the UN, India’s population will increase by 273 million people between 2019 and 2050. Yes, you heard it right!