May 28, 2020 13:14
The number of babies born in Korea hit a historic low in March, down 10.1 percent or 2,738 on-year.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, 24,378 babies were born in the month, the fewest since data were first compiled in 1981. The birthrate has fallen for the 48th month in a row.
The crude birthrate, meaning the number of births per 1,000 population, reached a new low of 5.6, falling below six for the first time.
In the first quarter, a total of 74,050 babies were born, down 11 percent on-year and the first time the birthrate has fallen below 80,000 in any first quarter.
At the same time, 25,879 people died in March, up 3.6 percent or 895 from a year earlier, but that still meant a population decrease of 1,501 because so few children were born.
Korea's population has naturally decreased for a fifth month running.
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