Life - Articles - Mortality remains low for the time of year


During the coronavirus pandemic, the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) is publishing frequent UK mortality analysis through its mortality monitor.

 The latest update covers week 21 of 2021 (22 May to 28 May) based on provisional England & Wales deaths data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 8 June 2021.

 The key points of this update are:
 • The number of deaths registered in England & Wales in week 21 of 2021 was 992 lower than if mortality rates had been the same as in week 21 of 2019; equivalent to 9% fewer deaths than expected. Over the four weeks from week 18 to week 21, there have been on average 11% fewer deaths than expected.
 • There have been around 100,600 more deaths from all causes than expected in the UK from the start of the pandemic to 28 May 2021. Of these, 27,700 have occurred in 2021.
 • The number of deaths with COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate was 95 in week 21 of 2021, compared to 107 in week 20 of 2021.
  
 Cobus Daneel, Chair of the CMI Mortality Projections Committee, said: “Deaths from causes other than COVID-19 were significantly below normal levels for April and May. And with COVID-19 deaths having fallen by nearly 99% since the peak in January, we are seeing all-cause mortality rates at historically low levels for the time of year.”
  
 All mortality monitor weekly updates are publicly available on the mortality monitor page.
  

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