New Year's Day...India records the highest number of births on Jan 1 with 60,000 new born babies!

India has recorded the highest number of births on New Year's day than anywhere else in the world. The UN's children's agency UNICEF has revealed the development and the agency has said that more than 3,71,000 babies were born worldwide on New Year's Day. 

According to UNICEF, it is estimated that 3,71,504 babies were born around the world on New Year's Day, and half of these births were reported in ten countries with India recording the highest number of births as the country had welcomed around 60,000 babies along with the New Year. 

Following India, China has recorded more births with 35,615, Nigeria has reported 21, 439 births on New Year's Day, Pakistan had seen 14,161 births, Indonesia has recorded 12, 336 births, Ethiopia with 12,006, the United States with 10, 213 births, Egypt has recorded 9,455 births, Bangladesh with 9,236 births, and the Democratic Republic of Congo with 8,640 births. 

The UN agency said Fiji Islands in the Pacific was projected to have welcomed 2021's first baby while the United States had welcomed the last on New Year's Day. UNICEF had estimated that 140 million children will be born in 2021 and their average life expectancy would be for 84 years.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said that the children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to reimagine it. She appealed to the nations to make 2021 the year they start to build a fairer, safer, and healthier world for children. She stated, "Today, as the world faces a global pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty, and deepening inequality, the need for UNICEF's work is as great as ever". 

UNICEF has launched a campaign to respond to the global pandemic and the global campaign was an effort to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children. The UN's children agency will be marking its 75th anniversary in 2021 and the Executive Director said that for the last 75 years, throughout conflicts, displacements, crises, and natural disasters, UNICEF has been there for the world's children. 

According to reports, UNICEF had used the annual live births numbers and period life expectancy from the latest revision of the UN's World Population Prospects to estimate the babies born on January 1, 2021, and their life expectancy.