The Covid-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic downturn could result in a drop in South Africa’s fertility rate, says Stats SA. Business Insider reports that though the organisation’s mid-year population estimates report said empirical data on fertility in SA will only be reflected in the recorded live birth occurrences and registration of 2021 and the nine months after, there is a wealth of studies showing that in uncertain times people become more prudent about having children. If the fertility rate, they say, were to decline, it would continue a trend that has seen a sharp decline in the number of women having children in the country since 1994.