The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in January 2019 was 53,910; this represents an increase of 12,369 deaths in comparison with the previous month and a decrease of 10,247 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2018.
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 January 2019 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices in the previous month, due to the Christmas holiday period. This pattern is similar to 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.