South Korea Childbirths Hit Record Low

South Korean Statistics data revealed Wednesday that the number of babies born in South Korea hit another record low in February.

According to the data compiled by Statistics Korea, only 20,654 babies were born in February, 3.2 percent lower than last year. 

The statistics agency said this record marked the lowest for any February data since 1981 when it began compiling related data.

The country’s total fertility rate also hit an all-time low of 0.81 last year, down from 0.84 a year ago, making a record fertility rate below one percent for the fourth straight year.

The agency added that South Korea’s population declined by 8,535 in February, marking the 28th month of decline in a row.

Reports said South Korea is struggling with a chronic decline in childbirths because many young people delay or give up on getting married or having babies amid a prolonged economic slowdown and skyrocketing housing prices.

Meantime, the number of deaths rose to 22.7 percent compared to last year’s data, and the 12th consecutive month increased in February amid rapid aging and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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