COVID-19: UK’s R number estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.0

The estimated R number for coronavirus is between 0.8 and 1.0 in the UK.

R represents the average number of people each person with COVID goes on to infect.

It comes as the UK surpassed 60,000 infections on Thursday, reporting a further 14,879 cases and 414 deaths.

Last week, the estimated R number was between 0.9 and 1.0, which suggests the rate has fallen slightly.

The estimated growth rate means the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1% and 3% every day.

Since coronavirus restrictions across the four UK nations are now varied, the estimate of R for the entire country has become less meaningful in recent weeks.

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