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Vasita Patel
Release date:
22 May 2017
Next release:
1 June 2017

About this dataset

Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the latest weeks for which data are available.

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Important notes and usage information

Main points from latest release

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 12 May 2017 (week 19) was 10,693; this represents an increase of 1,629 deaths registered¬†in comparison with¬†the previous week (week 18).

  • The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous 5 years was 9,158.

  • The increase in the deaths registered in the week ending 12 May 2017 is likely to be due to deaths registered returning to expected levels after the early May bank holiday.

  • Moveable public holidays, when register offices are closed, affect the number of registrations made in the published weeks and in the corresponding weeks in previous years.

Notes

The table includes number of deaths for which the underlying cause was coded to respiratory diseases as defined in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision (ICD-10), as well as age group, sex and by area of usual residence.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see our User Guide to Mortality Statistics.

There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level.

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland.