fNOTE from the UK Government):
"On 17 July, the Secretary of State asked Public Health England (PHE) to urgently review the way daily death statistics are currently reported.
A review into the method used to calculate these figures considered a range of scientific evidence to identify the best time limit to apply between date of test and date of death.
The new daily measure provides a UK-wide count of deaths under a consistent methodology for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales that has been endorsed by an external review.
The measure will be based on a 28-day limit between the date of a positive lab-confirmed test and date of death. Deaths that occur more than 28 days after a positive test will not be included in the headline count." [source]
NOTES from the UK Government:
"England data were revised on 10 August 2020 to remove 69 deaths from the time series which were found not to have been confirmed positive cases. This also resulted in the cases being removed from the UK data. 21 new cases were reported for England and the UK, but the cumulative total reduced from to 46,574 (which was reported on 9 August) to 46,526.
The definitions used for deaths are currently under review. It is likely that revised data, which more accurately reflect the current and overall burden of COVID-19 will be published shortly.
The actual cause of death may not be COVID-19 in all cases. People who died from COVID-19 but had not tested positive are not included." [source]