Deaths in South Korea hit a record high last year amid a rapidly aging pandemic

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The number of deaths in South Korea hit an all-time high last year, largely due to rapid aging and the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed.

According to Statistics Korea, a total of 317,680 people died in the country last year, up 12,732 people or 4.2 percent from the previous year.The 2021 tally was the largest since 1983, when the Bureau of Statistics began compiling data.The rise in deaths was largely due to rapid aging, and COVID-19 was the No. 10 killer of women last year, according to the agency.

Cancer was the leading cause of death last year, with 161.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in the country since data were compiled.

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