The Coronavirus R Rate Has Risen This Week

The UK’s Covid R rate has risen to between 0.7 and 0.9, scientists advising the government have said.

It represents an increase on the estimated R of between 0.6 and 0.9 last week, and suggests coronavirus is spreading slightly more than it was previously.

R measures the number of people, on average, that each sick person will infect.

If R is greater than 1 the epidemic is generally seen to be growing; if R is less than 1 the epidemic is shrinking.

The estimate was published on Friday and provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Department for Health and Social Care.

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