47,426 deaths registered in January 2016

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in January 2016 was 47,426.

This represents an increase of 1,928 from December, but a decrease of 13,462 from January 2015, which the ONS, who released the figures, puts down to higher levels of influenza circulating around the country. In total, 60,888 deaths were registered in January 2015, significantly higher than in any other month that year.

Overall, the number of deaths per month was between 40,000 and 50,000 on nine occasions in 2015, with May and August at 39,329 and 36,176 respectively with January 2015 the outlier at 60,888.

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