Registered deaths in 2019

Were deaths in 2019 in England and Wales high?

As a Statistical Ambassador, journalists ask for analysis and help with their articles. There was a suspicion that deaths in 2019 might show an early presence of COVID-19.

This article considers that suggestion for registered deaths in England and Wales.

Seasonal cycles

We should recognise the seasonal pattern in death registrations. There are more deaths registered in winter months than in summer.