Sec­ond-child pol­icy in­creases births by 7.9%

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The univer­sal sec­ond-child pol­icy im­ple­mented early last year was a ma­jor fac­tor in rais­ing the num­ber of births in China to 17.86 mil­lion last year, an in­crease of 7.9 per­cent and the high­est an­nual num­ber since since 2000, ac­cord­ing to the top health au­thor­ity. The num­ber of new­borns has in­creased by 1.31 mil­lion com­pared with 2015. The por­tion of the births to cou­ples who al­ready had at least one child rose quickly to at least 45 per­cent last year, Yang Wen­zhuang, a divi­sion di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said at a news con­fer­ence.

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