South Korea in March saw its sharpest population drop since records began.
Statistics Korea on Wednesday said the country's population fell in March by more than 21-thousand.
It's the first time the month's population has dropped by more than 20-thousand since the office started compiling data in the early 1980s.
South Korea's population has been falling for 29 months straight.
Zooming in on the population change, the number of births tumbled down to a new low, while deaths hit a new high.
In March, there were just under 23-thousand newborns the fewest on record for the month of March.
And there were more than 44-thousand deaths.
That's an almost 70 percent rise from March last year.
Not only was it the month's record-high, but also the steepest on-year jump.
A fifth of the deaths were COVID-19-related.
The aging population also contributed to the rise in deaths.
The number of newlyweds also dropped more than 8 percent on-year, despite couples no longer putting off weddings because of the pandemic.
South Korea's aging and declining population is also evident in relocation data.
The latest report shows that in April, 483-thousand people in South Korea moved to a different neighborhood an on-year drop of almost 19 percent and the lowest in almost five decades.
An expert at Statistics Korea said that this is most likely due to the aging population, because as people age, they find fewer and fewer reasons to move.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News