Baby girl in the Philippines named 8 billionth person on earth

The world's population hit 8billion during the early hours of Tuesday morning (November 15) following the birth of a baby girl.

In a symbolic gesture, new-born Vinice Mabansag was declared the 8 billionth person on earth after she came into the world in the Philippines capital of Manila at 1.29am.

Baby Vinice was selected to represent the United Nations' estimate that the global population had now reached the landmark figure.

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The UN delivered the projection with an accompanying statement from secretary-general Antonio Guterres that read: "The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet."

Vinice was born at the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, where officials from the Filipino population commission gathered to mark the occasion with Dr Romeo Bituin, chief of the hospital’s medical staff, proudly declaring: "We just witnessed the world’s 8 billionth baby in the Philippines."

He added that Vinice's mother was in labour for approximately two hours and that the birth was a "normal spontaneous delivery".

The planet's population was estimated at 7bn as recently as 2010 but it is now anticipated to take longer to hit 9bn, with the UN predicting that figure will be witnessed in 2037 – a slowing down in the growth rate of three years.

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Commenting on the 12-year gap between the rise from 7bn people to 8bn, the UN added: "This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries."

The UK's population has risen every year since 1978 when a 0.01% drop was reported.

Back then, there were 56,240,768 people and that figure has now climbed to 67,508,936 although the respective 0.34% and 0.33% year-on-year growth rates of 2022 and 2021 were the lowest recorded since 1999.

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