Coronavirus in retreat across the UK as official rate of infections falls
The R number indicates how many people a person is infected with coronavirus on average. (PA pictures)
Coronavirus R rates have remained at the same level this week, the government has confirmed, and is between 0.7 and 0.9 across the UK.
The range in England has decreased slightly since last week and is now 0.7-0.9.
The R number indicates how many people a person is infected with coronavirus on average.
The R range is higher in some regions, with a rate between 0.7 and 1 in London and between 0.8 and 1 in the Midlands.
New data on coronavirus growth rates released today by the government today show that the spread of coronavirus infections is slowing across the UK.
Coronavirus growth rates across England
Official figures suggest that the current growth rate for the UK as a whole is minus 4% to minus 2%.
The growth rate indicates how quickly the number of infections changes from day to day and is an additional measure of the R rate for calculating the spread of COVID-19.
Growth rates provide different information than R estimates by suggesting the size and speed of the change, while the R value only provides direction of change data.
Experts say everyone should be considered alongside other disease spreading measures.
The R value and growth rate for the regions of England are:
- East England: 0.7-0.9, minus 6% to minus 1%
- London: 0.7-1.0, minus 5% to plus 1%
- Midlands: 0.8-1.0, minus 4% to 0%
- North East and Yorkshire: 0.7-0.9, minus 5% to minus 1%
- Northwest: 0.7-1.0, minus 4% to 0%
- Southeast: 0.7-0.9, minus 5% to minus 1%
- Southwest: 0.6-0.9, minus 6% to 0%
Last week, the government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) put the overall R rate between 0.7 and 0.9 in the UK and between 0.8 and 1.0 in the UK.
Regional values for R across England also showed that the rate in the South West could have risen above 1 between 0.8 and 1.1.
An R number above 1 means that the COVID-19 outbreak increases in this area.
The latest R-rate information comes from Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who recommended lowering the Coronavirus Alert Level from Level 4 to Level 3, which means that the epidemic is in "general circulation." "Is located. instead of the transmission being high or increasing exponentially.
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