The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in May 2018 was 42,790; this represents a decrease of 3,673 deaths in comparison with the previous month and a decrease of 1,463 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2017.
The decrease in the provisional number of deaths in May 2018 compared with April 2018 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices over the May public holidays.
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.
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.