ROME, 08 APR – In 2021, births in Italy drop to an all-time low, with 399,400 children born during the year (-1.3% on 2020). This was reported by Istat in its report on demographic indicators, in which it highlights signs of recovery in the birth rate in the final part of the year. Signs of recovery come from nuptiality. In 2021 it was almost back to normal thanks to 179 thousand celebrations (3 per thousand inhabitants), when in 2020 there were just 97 thousand (1.6 per thousand). Also according to the Istat report, if in 2020 Covid had hit the North the most in terms of direct mortality and drop in life expectancy, in 2021 the excess mortality moved to the South, where life expectancy at birth total drops to 81.3 years – highlighting a loss of 6 months that are added to the 7 months sold in 2020 – against a national average of 82.4 years. For the institute, the anti-covid vaccination rate, which in the South is lower in the South, may also have an impact, in addition to the propagation times of the epidemic that hit the North in the first place in 2020. (HANDLE).