The 'main points' of the statistics are given as:
- In the 2016 to 2017 winter period, there were an estimated 34,300 excess winter deaths (EWDs) in England and Wales, which represents an excess winter mortality (EWM) index of 20.9%.
- Although there has been an increase in EWDs, the number of EWDs does not exceed the peak that was observed in the 2014 to 2015 winter period; however, it was the second highest over the last five winter periods.
- Females and the elderly were most affected by excess winter mortality in the 2016 to 2017 winter period.
- Over one-third of all excess winter deaths were caused by respiratory diseases in England and Wales in 2016 to 2017.
- All of the English regions observed significant increases in the excess winter mortality index between winter periods 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, whereas excess winter mortality for Wales remained stable.
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