England’s R number remains unchanged at between 1.2 and 1.4 – Asia Despatch

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England’s R number has stayed the same at between 1.2 and 1.4, latest estimates show.

The weekly figure – produced by the scientific advisory panel SAGE – was at the same position last Friday and the Friday before.

An R value – or reproduction number – between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.

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

The daily growth rate of infections was estimated between 3% and 5%, compared with 3% and 6% last week.

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