The last thrust at the battered birth rate of Spain. Demographers predicted it after the outbreak of the pandemic, and it has ended up being fulfilled according to the first data: COVID-19 has exacerbated the decline in the number of births until they collapsed. According to the latest estimate from the National Institute of Statistics, published this Thursday, the fall in the birth rate so far this year exceeds that of any previous year and stands at 8.7% throughout the national territory. However, the month-by-month analysis reveals that after a first impact, there is a small bag of people who have resumed the plans to have children that they left parked at the beginning of the crisis, during confinement. And that is why in March births have risen compared to the same month of 2020, something that has happened for the first time in the last four years.