From January to April, the total number of "pregnancy notifications" received nationwide was more than 300,000, a decrease of 1.2% from the same period last year.

Last year, the number of new coronavirus infections continued to decline, and the annual decline was 4.9%, but the rate of decline has narrowed since then.

Since last year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has been compiling the acceptance status of pregnancy notifications through local governments nationwide in order to investigate the effects of the spread of infection to those who wish to become pregnant.

According to this, the total number of pregnancy reports received from January to April was 304,425, a decrease of 3753, or 1.2%, from the same period last year.

By month, January was down 5.8%, February was down 1%, March was up 4.3%, and April was down 2.2%.

Since the spread of the infection last year, the

number has continued to decrease, with anxiety about childbirth and financial concerns about child-rearing, such as -17.6% in

May and -10.9% in July.

It was below 4.9%.

Although the rate of decrease has been declining since then, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will continue to work on support such as enhancing the consultation system regarding pregnancy.