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China's baby crisis deepens as pandemic pushes births down 15%

Financial anxiety from COVID accelerates downward trend

Women walk with children in Wuhan: The high cost of raising children in Chinese cities discouraged many households from doing so even before the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Registered births in China fell sharply last year as the coronavirus pandemic sapped household incomes and added fuel to economic worries, accelerating the worrisome decline in China's birthrate.

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