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Over 17mn babies born in China in 2017

IANS  |  Beijing 

Some 17.58 million babies were born in last year, according to figures released on Sunday.

According to the figures from the National Health Commission, about 51 per cent of the newborns were not the first child in their families, reports

In response to a rapidly aging population, allowed married couples to have two children from 2016, ending its decades-long one-child policy.

The maternal mortality rate dropped to 19.6 per 100,000 births while the infant mortality rate decreased to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.

also offered free pre-pregnancy health examinations to 11.73 million people nationwide in 2017 in an effort to reduce birth defect risks.



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First Published: Sun, July 15 2018. 14:04 IST