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China’s population falls for the first time in 60 years

China’s population has fallen for the first time in six decades during the year 2022, so the birth rate has dropped to a record low, highlighting the deepening of the demographic crisis that the country is experiencing.

The Asian giant registered at the end of the year, in 2022, 1,410 million inhabitants, plummeting by 850,000 people compared to the data for the last month of 2021, according to data from the National Statistics Office.

In 2022, approximately 9.56 million babies were born, the lowest level since 1950, when records began, with 6.77 births per 1,000 people, despite the Chinese government’s birth policies, reports the newspaper ‘South Chin Morning Post’.

On the other hand, according to official data, 10.41 million people have died, marking a slight increase compared to the almost 10 million deaths reported in previous years.

However, during this year the number of deaths related to COVID-19 could considerably increase these records, since the Chinese Executive withdrew the anti-Covid measures in December due to social protests.

Since then, the country has registered an outbreak that has caused an increase in cases that worries the international community due to the lack of transparency in the magnitude of the situation.

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