The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in October 2018 was 44,442; this represents an increase of 7,300 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 845 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2017.
The increase in the provisional number of deaths registered in October is likely to reflect a return to a more usual level of death registrations for this time of year.
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.