As COVID-19 pandemic continues to subject more people to spend more time together in their homes with their loved ones, the idleness has made a majority of them resort to entertaining ways to keep them active during the crisis. But while at it, the economy in a couple of months down the line will be staring an overpopulation of babies that will be brought into the world, thanks to COVID-19.
The United Nations has weighed in the probable outcome of COVID-19 in terms of maternity rates and revealed that a huge number of unwanted pregnancies that will be realised in the process. According to the United Nations in its latest data, the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown could lead to about seven million pregnancies in the coming months which could prompt big disruptions in health care services after the coronavirus curve starts dropping.
As per the UN Population Fund and partners (UNFPA), the number of women who are unable to access family planning or facing unplanned pregnancies and confronting domestic violence could grow into millions in during this period.
“This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally. The pandemic is deepening inequalities and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health,” Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA executive director said.
While millions of unwanted pregnancies may be the most prominent outcome of the virus taking a toll on the economy, there is a likelihood of the society staring at 13 million child marriages.