THE Elda Hospital in Alicante and the Infanta Leonor in Madrid have witnessed the first births of the decade in Spain.
Both babies, at the respective hospitals, came into the world two minutes after mid-night.
The little girl born in the Valencian Community is called Ariadna and she weighed 3.1 kilos (6Ibs 8oz). Meanwhile, the first one born in the Community of Madrid, a little boy called Carlos Daniel, weighed 3 kilos and 400 grams (7Ibs 4oz)
In the Basque Country, the first babies have been twins. Their names are Oier and Naia and they were born at 00:42 in the Hospital de Cruces in the town of Barakaldo. Meanwhile, in Catalonia, the first to arrive was Aleix, born at the Muútua Hospital in Terrassa (Barcelona). He was born at 00:04 hours and weighed 2.8 kilos (6Ibs 2oz).
The first baby born in the UK this decade was a little girl, 3.6 kg (8lbs 8oz) Phoebe, born at 00.08 hours at University Hospital Coventry.
As Euro Weekly News understands, this New Year’s Day in 2020 has seen 1,035 babies born in Spain and, according to UNICEF estimates, about 392,078 babies were born worldwide.
According to the NGO, 800,000 babies die during their first 24 hours of life, highlighting the importance to respect newborns’ rights to health and survival.
“The beginning of a new year and a new decade gives us the opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations, not only for our future, but also for the future of those who come after us,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a statement.