To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of deaths, from any cause, in the UK in 2020.
11 June 2020
The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.
Dear Baroness Jones,
As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the total number of deaths, from any cause, in the UK in 2020 (HL4131).
The table below contains the registered deaths of UK residents in the first 20 weeks of the year. Data has been sourced from the Office for National Statistics, National Records Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency weekly death publications.
Table 1: Provisional number of deaths registered in the first 20 weeks of 2020, broken down by country
|Total deaths registered: week 1-20||952,133||901,066||15,990||27,850||7,227|
Professor Sir Ian Diamond
Figures are based on deaths registered up to 1 May 2020
Weekly deaths for Scotland are produced by NRS: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/covid19stats
Weekly deaths for Northern Ireland are produced by NISRA: https://www.nisra.gov.uk/publications/weekly-deaths
England, Wales and Northern Ireland weekly deaths run from Saturday to Friday, Scotland deaths run from Monday to Sunday
Northern Ireland week allocation differs from other countries. For example, week 1 is week ending 10-Jan. This has been adjusted for the purpose of aggregating the data