The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in April 2018 was 46,463; this represents a decrease of 4,771 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 7,392 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2017.
Moveable public holidays and the number of weekends, when register offices are closed, affect the number of registrations made in the published months and in the corresponding months in previous years.
The increase in deaths registered in April 2018 compared with April 2017 is likely to be because there were more days when register offices were open due to how the public holidays fell.
These figures are presented by regions (within England), unitary authorities, counties, districts and London boroughs.
Weekly deaths counts cannot be summed to match the counts for monthly deaths as some weeks may span more than one month.