Coronavirus is spreading as R value rises to at least one in England

The coronavirus reproduction number or R-value in England may now be above 1 according to the latest government data.

The data released on Friday by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) and the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) are between 1.0 and 1.1.

Last week it was between 0.9 and 1.1.

R stands for the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person will be infected.

When the number is above 1, a breakout can grow exponentially. However, if it is below 1, it means that the epidemic is decreasing.

An R number between 1.0 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 infected people will infect between 10 and 11 other people.

The numbers for R and the growth rate are provided by the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group (Sage).

The growth rate, which estimates how quickly the number of infections changes from day to day, is between 0% and 3% in England.

This means that the number of new infections can be largely flat or increase by up to 3% daily.

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