If you are looking for the latest data on deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) registered in England and Wales, please see our weekly provisional deaths dataset.
Main points from latest release
The key points from this release are:
- In October 2022, there were 45,353 deaths registered in England, 4,006 deaths (9.7%) above the October five-year average (2016 to 2019, and 2021) and there were 2,975 deaths registered in Wales, 176 deaths (6.3%) above the October average.
- The leading cause of death in both England and Wales in October 2022 was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (11.6% of all deaths in England and 10.9% of all deaths in Wales).
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) was the eighth leading cause of death in October 2022 in England (accounting for 3.3% of all deaths) and the seventh leading cause of death in Wales (3.5% of all deaths).
- Accounting for population size and age structure, the year-to-date (January to October) age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) in 2022 in both England (936.4 deaths per 100,000 people) and Wales (1,010.4 deaths per 100,000 people) was significantly lower than most years since our data time series began in 2001.
These figures are presented by regions (within England), unitary authorities, counties, districts and London boroughs.
Weekly deaths counts cannot be summed to match the counts for monthly deaths as some weeks may span more than one month.
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 that 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.