England’s Covid R rate is now firmly above 1 after it jumped to between 1.2 and 1.4 this week.
It is the latest sign that the country is now at the start of a third wave of the pandemic and will place further pressure on Boris Johnson to delay easing lockdown.
R hasn’t been this high since January 15, when the country was in the midst of the deadly second wave.
The latest estimates by Sage also show that England now has a growth rate of between 3 and 6%, which means the number of infections is growing by this much every day.
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