Death rate in England and Wales highest for 10 years: study

England and Wales has registered the highest number of deaths for 10 years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Tuesday.

The study also revealed that London has the lowest death-rate than any other region of England and Wales.

ONS said in 2018, there were 541,589 deaths registered, an increase of 1.6 percent compared with 2017, making it the highest annual number of deaths since 1999.

Deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer disease continued to increase and remained the leading cause of death, accounting for 12.8 percent of all deaths registered.

Ben Humberstone, head of health analysis and life events at ONS said: “Although 2018 saw the highest number of deaths since 1999, when taking the age and size of the population into account, death rates have remained more or less stable since 2011.

“Mortality rates fell slightly for males but rose slightly for females in 2018. This is likely to close the gap in life expectancy between the two. We’re continuing to see the leveling off of mortality improvements and will understand more as we analyze this data further.”

ONS said the figures show how the difference in the number of deaths between males and females has decreased in recent years.

In 1999, the number of deaths registered to males and females showed a difference of 27,200 deaths. In 2018, the difference between the two had fallen to 5,669.

“This is because generally male life expectancy has been improving at a slightly faster rate than female life expectancy since early 1980,” said ONS.

The study also revealed that among babies, the stillbirth rate in England hit an all-time low of 4 per 1,000 births in 2018, slightly down compared to 2017,and lower than the 5.1 rate in 2010.

For comparison, the stillbirth rate in Wales in 2018 was 4.4 per 1,000 births, added ONS.

The government has set a target of reducing the stillbirth rate in England to 2.6 per 1,000 births by 2025, almost half the rate it was in 2010.

The government has set a target of reducing the stillbirth rate in England to 2.6 per 1,000 births by 2025, almost half the rate it was in 2010.

Among English towns and cities, the northern seaside resort of Blackpool had the highest death rate among its male population, while the City of London had the lowest. The City of London also had the lowest rate of deaths among its females, compared with Stoke-on-Trent, which had the highest rate of female deaths.

London also had the highest life expectancy than any other part of England in 2018.