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England’s R number could be as high as 1 – as no UK figure given by SAGE


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England’s R number could be as high as 1, say SAGE advisers who have not given a UK figure for the first time.

Government scientists estimated England’s R number at 0.8-1, meaning that every 10 people who test positive for COVID will pass it on to an average of 8-10 others.

The government says that “given the increasingly localised approach to managing the epidemic”, the UK figures for R and growth rate are “less meaningful than previously and may not accurately reflect the current picture”.

R – or the reproduction number – represents the average number of people someone with coronavirus will go on to infect. If the figure is above 1 the epidemic will grow exponentially, but if it is below 1 it is getting smaller.

The growth rate of the virus in England is now estimated to be -4% to 0%, which means that the number of new COVID-19 infections is shrinking by between 4% and 0% every day.

 Sky News

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