The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 4 January 2019 (week 01) was 10,955; this represents an increase of 3,824 deaths registered in comparison with the previous week (week 52).
The average number of deaths for the corresponding week over the previous five years was 12,273.
The increase in deaths registered in the week ending 4 January 2019 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.
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.