The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 11 May 2018 (week 19) was 8,624; this represents a decrease of 1,529 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 18).
The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 9,526.
The decrease in the deaths registered in the week ending 11 May 2018 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices over the early May bank holiday; this pattern is similar to previous years.
Moveable public holidays, when register offices are closed, affect the number of registrations made in the published weeks and in the corresponding weeks in previous years.
The table includes number of deaths for which the underlying cause was coded to respiratory diseases as defined in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision (ICD-10), as well as age group, sex and by area of usual residence.