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Release: Weekly Provisional Figures on Deaths Registered in England and Wales, Week Ending 07/09/2012

Released: 18 September 2012 Next edition: 25 September 2012

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 07/09/2012 (week 36) was 8,848. This represents an increase of 1,231 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 35).

  • The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 8,593.

  • 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.

  • The increase in the deaths registered in the week ending 07/09/2012 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices over the bank holiday in the previous week.

  • There is the same value for the 'under 1 year' age group and '15-44' age group on consecutive weeks. 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 Provisional Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide provisional monthly mortality data for England and Wales while Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide final monthly data.

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

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