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China’s population falls for first time since 1961

“This trend is going to continue and perhaps worsen after Covid because the high youth unemployment rate and weaknesses in income expectations could delay marriage and childbirth plans further, dragging down the number of newborn babies,” she said.Meanwhile, the death rate will likely be higher than pre-pandemic level in 2023 due to Covid infections across the country, she said. China has seen a surge of infections since it abandoned its zero-Covid policy last month.

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