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Decline in deaths in October outpaces decline in births

The number of births fell by 5.9 percent in October compared with the same month in the previous year, while deaths dropped by 6.7 percent, according to preliminary data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of marriages decreased by 9.6 percent in the same period.

Fully 7,089 children were born in October, while there were 10,706 deaths. Altogether, 4,261 couples got married.

The natural population loss was 3,617 people compared with 3,942 in October 2022.

Fully 71,778 children were born between January 2023 and October 2023, 2.7 percent fewer than in the same period of last year. Altogether 104,404 people died between January 2023 and October 2023, 7.5 percent fewer than in the same period of last year.

In the same period, 44,372 couples tied the knot, 24 percent fewer than in the same period of last year.

There were 9.0 live births and 13.1 deaths per thousand inhabitants, the former 0.02 of a percentage point lower than in the January-October 2022 period, while the death rate was 0.09 of a percentage point lower.

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