Births in Singapore hit decade low as deaths climb to historic peak

38,705 babies were born in 2020. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - The number of babies born in Singapore fell to a 10-year low last year, while total deaths were the highest in almost a century.

The recession and massive uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic may be leading some couples to put off expanding their families, experts say, even though most newborns last year were conceived before the pandemic.

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