In 2020, 2,226 infant deaths (aged under one year) and 789 child deaths (aged 1 to 15 years) occurred in England and Wales; these are the lowest numbers of infant and child deaths since records began in 1980.
In 2020, the infant mortality rate was 3.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in England and Wales; while this follows a general decline since 1980, the infant mortality rate has remained fairly stable since 2014.
In 2020, there were 11 deaths of children aged 28 days to 15 years where the underlying cause was “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”.
Annual live births in England and Wales by sex, birthweight, gestational age, ethnicity and month, maternities by place of birth and with multiple births, and stillbirths by age of parents and calendar quarter.
Annual summary statistics on live births and stillbirths, by sex, age of mother, whether inside marriage or civil partnership, percentage of non-UK-born mothers, birth rates and births by mothers' area of usual residence.
Annual live births by age of mother and father, type of registration, median interval between births, number of previous live-born children and National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC).
The software used to code death registrations in England and Wales changed from MUSE 5.5 to MUSE 5.8 on 1 January 2022. This paper details the differences in cause of death coding when using MUSE 5.5 software compared with the updated MUSE 5.8 as demonstrated on a sample of mortality data for England and Wales.