Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Coronavirus R rate falls across UK – but is still above crucial 1

BRITAIN'S coronavirus R rate has fallen since last week – but it is still above crucial 1.

Government scientists said the current R value – the number of people an infected person will pass Covid-19 on to – is between 1.2 and 1.5.

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This is down slightly on last week when it was between 1.3 and 1.6.

However the  R rate is still at the highest level since mid-March – in the weeks before the national lockdown.

It means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people, according to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).

The experts estimates the number of new infections is growing by between four per cent and nine per cent every day.

Sage said it was "almost certain that the epidemic continues to grow exponentially across the country, and is confident that the transmission is not slowing.

"While the R value remains above 1.0, infections will continue to grow at an exponential rate.

"This is currently the case for every region of England and all have positive growth rates, reflecting increases in the number of new infections across the country."

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