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Police officers stand guard outside a court in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has seen an alarming reduction in its population over the last 12 months, as people leave in the wake of the pandemic and the city's political turmoil.

According to data released by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong's population has declined by 1.2%, equating to 89,200 people. It's the biggest decrease in Hong Kong's population in 60 years, AFP reported.

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