Boris Johnson handshaking covid sufferers defended by Currie
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It comes at a time when restrictions are slowly easing, with the return of many school pupils across the country and slight relaxations on socialising measures across the four nations. This week’s R-rate has changed slightly from last week’s, which scientists estimated was between 0.6 and 0.8.
It now stands between 0.6 and 0.9.
The latest growth rate is between minus six percent and minus three percent, which means the number of new infections is shrinking by between three percent and six percent each day.
R represents the average number of people each coronavirus positive person goes on to infect.
If the figure sits above one, this means the virus is spreading exponentially – conversely, if it is less than one, it means the epidemic is shrinking.
What is the R-rate near me?
In England, the overall R-rate is between 0.7 and 0.8.
East of England – 0.6 to 0.9
London – 0.6 to 0.9
Midlands – 0.6 to 0.9
North-east and Yorkshire – 0.7 to 0.9
North-west – 0.7 to 0.9
South-east – 0.7 to 0.9
South-west – 0.6 to 0.9
Other UK nations
In Scotland, the latest figures estimate the R-rate is between 0.7 and 1.0, up from last week when it was between 0.6 and 0.8.
In Wales, it is believed to be between 0.6 and 0.8, down from the previous week’s 0.7 and 0.9.
And in Northern Ireland, the R is estimated to be between 0.9 and 1.1, a rise of last week’s 0.75 and 0.95.
Infections have continued to fall across the UK in light of the vaccination programme success and the lockdown restrictions, which came into place in January in England.
Half of all adults in England have now had a coronavirus jab.
A total of 22,337,590 people had been given a first jab as of March 18, according to NHS England.
Wales is currently at the equivalent of 47.7 percent of adults, Scotland 46.6 percent and Northern Ireland 45.1 percent.
There is expected to be a drop in the number of vaccines administered over the coming month as supply chain issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine have been reported.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “I would say we are in constant contact with all manufacturers to understand and address potential variations in supply.
“I would reiterate the point about the words from the Prime Minister where he was very clear that the Indian government hasn’t stopped any export of the vaccine and any delay … is very frequent in vaccine rollout programmes.”
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