No, we are not on track for a normal number of deaths this year29 October 2020What was claimed The number of UK deaths was 610,000 in 2000, 612,000 in 2003, 552,000 in 2011, 603,000 in 2015 and 616,000 in 2018. What was claimed The number of deaths so far this year in the UK (up to week 39) has been 454,000. Unless deaths decline sharply, the UK death toll is likely to be its highest in decades. It suggests that the 2020 death toll will be comparable to previous years based on the number of deaths so far this year. Due to delays in registering some deaths, the number of deaths that actually occurred in each year will be slightly different.