Half of New Year babies from 9 countries: UNICEF


DHAKA, Jan. 1 – Approximately 8,370 babies will be born in Bangladesh on New Year’s Day, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said Monday.

Bangladeshi babies will account for 2.17 percent of the estimated 385,793 babies to be born globally on New Year’s Day, it said in a statement.

According to UNICEF, globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries including India (69,070), China (44,760), Nigeria (20,210), Pakistan (14,910), Indonesia (13,370), the United States (11,280), the Democratic Republic of Congo (9,400), Ethiopia (9,020) and Bangladesh (8,370).

While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day, said the UN children’s agency, adding that Kiribati’s Christmas Island, a small island in the Pacific, will most likely welcome 2018’s first baby, and the United States its last.

(Copyright Xinhua via National News Agency, 2018)