Coronavirus: Social distancing may have already reduced infection rate

Social distancing measures may have already reduced the transmission rate of coronavirus, an expert has said.

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England, said on Thursday that early evidence showed people were no longer passing the virus on to multiple people.

He said that without the measures an infected person would, on average, pass the virus on to three other people – but that rate may have now dropped below one.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, he said: “We know from evidence around the world, that if there are no social distancing measures in place, one person probably infects on average nearly three people.

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