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Ten people have now died from coronavirus in the UK as the country experienced its largest daily increase in cases.
Two more patients have died in London hospitals since Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of UK deaths to 10, NHS England said.
The number of confirmed cases in the UK reached 590 on Thursday – up by 134 in the last 24 hours.
The 29% increase in confirmed cases is the largest day-on-day rise in the UK since the outbreak began in late December in Wuhan, central China.
The day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic, Thursday was also the first time the day-on-day increase reached three figures in the UK.
A week ago, on 5 March, the total number of cases was 115, making Thursday’s total of 590 more than five times greater than that.
The increase in numbers came as Boris Johnson hosted a COBRA meeting, after which he confirmed the UK has now moved from the “contain” stage to the “delay” stage of tackling the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The ninth and tenth person to have died from COVID-19 were both in London and had underlying health issues.
An 89-year-old who was “very unwell with underlying health conditions” died at Charing Cross Hospital in west London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust confirmed.
And a woman in her 60s who had been “very unwell with significant other health conditions” died at Queen’s Hospital in east London, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust said.
Courtesy of Sky News