Death rate back to early 2000s levels22 January 2021What was claimed The death rate in 2020 was lower than in the early 2000s. What was claimed 2020 has had the 6th highest death rate in the past thirty years. 1 of 2 claimsA post on Facebook claims that 2020 saw the UK’s sixth highest death rate going back to 1999. In fact, the death rate was higher every year between 1991 and 2000 than in 2020, so 2020 had the joint-11th highest death rate over the past three decades. 2020 saw a sharp reversal to that trend, with the death rate returning to where it was in the early 2000s.