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The number of births fell by 11% in May compared with the same month in the previous year, while deaths went down by 6.2%, according to preliminary data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). Meanwhile, the number of marriages was up by 1.2% with 5,510 couples tying the knot during the same period. Fully 6,284 children were born in May, while there were 9,501 deaths. The natural population loss was 3,217 people compared with 3,085 in May 2023. Fully 82,313 children were born between June 2023 and May 2024, 7.8% fewer than in the same period of last year. Altogether 125,668 people died in the same period, 5.0% fewer than last year. There were 8.0 live births and 13.3 deaths per thousand inhabitants in the first five months.