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
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.