Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

COVID-19: England’s R number drops slightly to between 1.2 and 1.4

England’s R number has dropped slightly to between 1.2 and 1.4 despite an increase in coronavirus infection rates across the UK.

The R number – which represents the average number of people each COVID-positive person goes on to infect – was between 1.2 and 1.5 last week.

An outbreak can grow exponentially when the figure is above 1. When it is below 1, it means the outbreak is shrinking.

The current figure means that, on average, every 10 people infected with the virus will go on to infect between 12 and 14 others.

The growth rate for the virus in England shows the number of new infections is growing by between 4% and 7% every day. Last week, that figure was between +3% and +7%.

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