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UK’s R number falls to between 0.9 and 1

Written by on 27/11/2020

The UK’s R number has fallen to between 0.9 and 1, according to new figures.

The number has been confirmed by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which advises the government on its response to the pandemic.

Scientists have estimated the reproduction number, known as the R number, is now edging below one.

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

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It means every 10 people infected will go on to infect between 9 and 10 people, down from last week’s range of 1.0 – 1.1.

The growth rate estimate for the UK has also shrunk by 2% to between -2% and 0%, meaning the number of new infections is shrinking by between 0% and 2% every day.

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A breakdown of R numbers across England

England: 0.9 – 1.0

East of England: 0.9 – 1.1

London: 1.0 – 1.1

Midlands: 0.9 – 1.1

North East and Yorkshire: 0.8 – 1.0

North West: 0.7 – 0.9

South East: 1.0 – 1.2

South West: 0.9 – 1.1

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These estimates are based on the latest data available up to 24 November.

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