At least 2,928 babies were born in Ghana on New Year’s day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
The figure, according to UNICEF, represents one percent of the total number of babies born globally on January 1, 2020.
A staggering 392,000 babies were born on New Year’s Day across the world, 8,000 short of its estimate of 400,000.
Nigeria tops the chart with at least 26,039 newly-born babies, followed by DR Congo and Ethiopia with 10,247 and 8,493 births respectively.
The others include,
- India — 67,385
- China — 46,299
- Nigeria — 26,039
- Pakistan — 16,787
- Indonesia — 13,020
- The United States of America — 10,452
- The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,247
- Ethiopia — 8,493
UNICEF has described 2020 as an extraordinary period in the life of children across the world.
“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,” UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said in a statement.