The Extraordinary Madness of Crowds
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay, 1852
Graph Update to week 39
Going into the second half of 2020 mortality is at a normal level, it will rise over the winter as it does every year. Covid deaths are a little higher, other respiratory deaths normal for the time of year. Looking at age groups the mortality of the 45–64 age group is very slightly higher than in previous years whereas for the very old (85+) it not as high as some recent years.
ONS Weekly reported deaths 2010-2021
ONS Weekly reported deaths 2010-2020
ONS Weekly reported deaths 2010-2020 by age group
ONS England and Wales weekly deaths under 75
NHS England, compared to ONS by date of death
ONS all deaths 2015-2020
From week 11 of 2020 this includes "a separate breakdown of the numbers of deaths involving COVID-19. That is, where COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions".
Notes from the ONS
Counting deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19)
And the notes that accompany the weekly registered deaths:
Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales for which data are available, and the number of deaths for which the underlying cause was coded to respiratory diseases as defined in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision (ICD-10).
From 31 March 2020 these figures also show the number of deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19), based on any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate.
Provisional data on deaths registered in each week (ending on a Friday) are compiled at the end of the following week.
Bank Holidays could affect the number of registrations made within those weeks.
The counts of deaths from specific conditons are updated with each weekly publication as the coding of the underlying cause is not always complete at the time of production.
To meet user needs, we publish very timely but provisional counts of death registrations in England and Wales in our Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional dataset. These are presented by sex, age group and regions (within England), as well as for Wales as a whole. To allow time for registration and processing, these figures are published 11 days after the week ends.
Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our regular weekly deaths release now provides a separate breakdown of the numbers of deaths involving COVID-19. That is, where COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions. Previously, the number of deaths with an underlying cause of respiratory disease was published a week behind the current week. These will now be published for the current week and revised the following week. Alongside this, a new bulletin summarises the latest weekly information and will be updated each week during the pandemic. A link to the bulletin can be found in the notice box on the weekly deaths dataset page.