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Life expectancy progress in UK 'stops for first time'


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Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982 when figures began.

In recent years we have known that increases in life expectancy have been slowing.

But these latest figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2015-17 show it has now halted.

Experts say there was a particularly high death rate in this this period which coincided with a bad flu season and excess winter deaths.

Women’s life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years, while for men it is 79.2, the figures show.



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