Poland’s Population Rapidly Shrinking Under Pandemic

Elderly people wait in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the temporary hospital at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Overload of online registration system and reduced deliveries of the Pfizer vaccines are causing delays in the national inoculation procedure that currently aims at vaccinating people aged over 70. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

(AP) — Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends that are being attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported Tuesday that Poland registered 357,400 births last year, the lowest number since 2005, and some 486,200 deaths. The overall data showed a population loss of some 129,000 people, compared to a decline of some 36,400 in 2019.

The newspaper says the low birth rate surprised observers because some experts predicted the lockdown measures the Polish government has imposed on and off since mid-March would lead to a baby boom. Poland has a population of more than 38 million.


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