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The UK saw its first spike of over 100 deaths in a single day on Thursday as health officials confirmed 578 people are deceased due to coronavirus.
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The death toll is up from 475 the previous day, but the dramatic jump could be a result of a change in the way the NHS England and the Department of Health are reporting deaths.
On Thursday the agencies began documenting deaths in a 24-hour period, as opposed to numbers recorded in an eight-hour period as was previously the standard.
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Currently, the UK is grappling with 11,658 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — nearly a third of those cases were diagnosed in London, where hospital beds are overflowing and health officials struggle to up testing capacity to 10,000 people a day, even as government officials say they have the capacity to do so, according to reports by BBC.