About this dataset

Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the latest weeks for which data are available.

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2017: week ending 6 January 2017

2016: week ending 30 December 2016

Previous versions of this data are available

2015: up to week ending 1 January 2016

2014: up to week ending 26 December 2014

2013: up to week ending 27 December 2013

2012: up to week ending 28 December 2012

2011: up to week ending 30 December 2011

2010: up to week ending 31 December 2010

Important notes and usage information

Main points from latest release

The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 6 January 2017 (week 1) was 11,991. This represents an increase of 3,988 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 52).

The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous 5 years was 11,782.

The increase in deaths registered in the week ending 6 January 2017 is likely to be due to the closure of register offices in the previous week, due to the Christmas holiday period. 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.

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.

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland.