About this dataset
Monthly death figures provide counts of the number of deaths registered by area of usual residence for England and Wales.
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2017: Feb 2017 (provisional)
2016: December 2016 (provisional)
Important notes and usage information
Main points from latest release
The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in February 2017 was 47,726; this represents a decrease of 9,604 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 1,743 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2016.
The decrease in the provisional number of deaths registered in February is likely to reflect a return to a more usual level of death registrations after the circulation of influenza in January and early February.
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 1 month.
For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see our User Guide to Mortality Statistics.
There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level.