UK's R rate thought to be lowest since government stats began

The UK’s coronavirus reproduction number or R value is between 0.6 and 0.9 according to the latest government figures.

Last week it was between 0.7 and 0.9.

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

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 0.6 and 0.9 means that on average every 10 infected people will infect six to nine additional people.

The lower end of the UK’s coronavirus R estimate is 0.6. This is the lowest R-range since the government began publishing the figures in May 2020.

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 minus 6% and minus 3% for the entire UK.

This means that the number of new infections decreases by 3 to 6% every day.

However, Sage warned that the spread of the virus “remains high” and that “it is still important that everyone stays home to keep the R-value low, protect the NHS and save lives”.

Estimates are based on data available through February 15, including hospital admissions and deaths, as well as symptomatic testing and prevalence studies.


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