The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in January 2018 was 64,157; this represents an increase of 19,016 deaths in comparison with the previous month and an increase of 6,791 deaths in comparison with the same month in 2017.
Circulating influenza is likely to be a contributing factor in the high number of deaths registered in January 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.
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.