The country’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday the birth rate in China dropped to a record low of 7.52 births per 1,000 people in 2021.
The birth rate was last this low in 1978.
According to the data released Monday, China has 1.41 billion people.
Births were down by 11.5 per cent to 10.62 million.
The lifting of the former one-child policy in the world’s most populous country led to a slight increase in births in 2016.
But the number has continued to fall every year since then.
On Monday, the statistics office named the Coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons for the renewed decline in births.
But women’s habits have also changed.
Experts have long pointed to the high housing, education, healthcare costs, and people’s dwindling willingness to get married.