China prepares to count 1.3 billion people as date for new population census announced

Hong Kong How do you count 1.3 billion people amid a pandemic? China will be finding out as the world’s most populous country launches its seventh national census on November 1.

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the colossal undertaking will see around 7 million census workers spread out across the country, collecting nomi, ID numbers, Genere, marital details, as well as education and professional information.
As well as traditional methods, citizens will also be encouraged to use cell phones and other digital toolsto declare personal and family information,” Xinhua ha riferito.
China conducts a national census every 10 anni. The last survey found the population had increased from 1.29 miliardi a 1.37 miliardi. It was also the first to include foreigners. Quasi 600,000 foreign citizens returned the survey nel 2010 — most were from South Korea, the United States and Japan.
    The census provides key data for national policy making, information that is becoming more and more important as the demographic time bomb of the one child policy begins to kick in.
    Nel 2010, the census found that the number of people aged 14 or younger was down 6.2% from the previous census.
    Beijing began reversing its hugely controversial one child policyin which women were subject to forced abortions, heavy fines, and eviction if they attempted to have a second baby — nel 2015, as demographic issues caused by the lack of children became increasingly apparent.
    China’s pool of workers is shrinking, with many young people supporting their parents and two sets of grandparents, in a country where social services for the elderly are still lacking.
    L'anno scorso, the country’s birthrate hit its lowest level since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Più di 250 million Chinese were over 60 years old last year, the statistics revealed. They make up more than 18% della popolazione.
    The figure is forecast to rise to a third of the population by 2050 — o 480 un milione di persone.
    This year’s census may even show a decrease in the total size of the population for the first time in decades, setting the stage for India to overtake China as the world’s most populous country.
      India was due to begin its own census counting earlier this year but had to delay operations due to the coronavirus.
      The pandemic will also pose some concerns to China, particularly with millions of census workers moving around the country. tuttavia, Chinese virus numbers have been very low in recent weeks, with no new domestic infections riferito domenica, e solo 12 imported cases.

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