Covid R rate hits lowest level since May despite Freedom Day

The R rate in England has hit its lowest level since May, despite the lifting of practically all remaining Covid restrictions in July.

The measurement showing how quickly the virus spreads is now thought to be between 0.8 and 1.

It has dipped slightly from 0.8 to 1.1 last week and is now at the lowest range since May 7, in a promising sign for the nation.

The R number is relatively the same across all regions, but it is slightly higher in the East and South West, sitting at 0.8 to 1.1.

Any number above 1 means the virus is spreading significantly while anything below one means it is in decline.

An R rate of 0.8 to 1.1 means every 10 people with Covid-19 will go on to infect another 8 to 11 people on average.

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