Since before the pandemic the Office for National Statistics has been publishing death registrations in England and Wales on a weekly basis. What was once a little-known dataset has become one of the most important and widely used documents for tracking deaths throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Today’s deaths registered weekly in England and Wales marks the end of 2020 death registration. But how does 2020 compare to previous years? Sarah Caul explains the complexities behind mortality comparisons…Read more on Counting deaths involving coronavirus: a year in review
Every week the ONS has been charting the tragic death toll of the coronavirus pandemic. As we pass the midway point in the year, Sarah Caul looks back on what has happened so far in 2020 and, using trends from previous years, gives her view on what could happen next.Read more on Coronavirus deaths: Taking stock of what we’ve seen so far – and what might happen next
Knowing the exact number of people whose death involved coronavirus (COVID-19) is of great importance, but it’s not a simple question. Sarah Caul introduces the provisional new figures published on 31 March and explains why the different ways of counting used across the government give different answers.Read more on Counting deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Since 2001, the number of cancer diagnoses in England has increased from 234,362 to 305,683 in 2017. Currently one in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. However, there is some good news. Sarah Caul takes a look at the bigger picture behind cancer statistics.Read more on Are there more people diagnosed with cancer?
A spate of news stories has claimed that March is one of the ‘deadliest’ months with more deaths occurring over the past five years than in most other months. But as Sarah Caul explains, those numbers don’t quite add up.Read more on Beware the Ides of March? ONS data reveals which month we are really most likely to die in.