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UK’s R number falls to below one for the first time since July, The Manc

UK’s R number falls to below one for the first time since July

The UK’s coronavirus R number – or reproduction number – has fallen below one for the first time since July.
UK’s R number falls to below one for the first time since July, The Manc

The UK’s coronavirus R number – or reproduction number – has fallen below one for the first time since July.

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The figure is now between 0.7 and 0.9, according to the latest estimate and the government says it is ‘confident the epidemic is shrinking’ across all regions.

An R number between 0.7 and 0.9 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between seven and nine other people.

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Last week’s R number was between 0.7 and 1.0, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said.

It also said the estimates of the R value are below 1 in all NHS regions of England but warned: “Prevalence of the virus remains high, so it remains important that everyone continues to stay at home in order to keep the R value down, protect the NHS and help save lives.”

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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