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Release: Weekly Provisional Figures on Deaths Registered in England and Wales, Week Ending 01/03/2013

Released: 12 March 2013 Next edition: 19 March 2013

Contact

Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations

Frequency of release: Weekly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 01/03/2013 (week 9) was 10,783. This represents a decrease of 67 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 8).

  • The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 10,115.

  • 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.

  • There are the same values in consecutive weeks for some age groups. However these counts are made up of unique death registrations.

Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the latest eight weeks for which data are available. Commentary on trends in annual mortality statistics can be found in Death registrations summary tables.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (382.3 Kb Pdf) .

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual mortality data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries. Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide provisional monthly mortality data for England and Wales.

There is also 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.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.  User Engagement in the Health and Life Events Division outlines the divisional approach to user engagement.

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