The UK R rate is now above 1.
The R number is the scientists way of rating coronavirus and the disease’s ability to spread in the population.
If the rate is above 1 it means the epidemic is growing, whilst below 1 it is declining. It is estimated to be between 1 and 1.2 in the UK at present.
Latest figures from the Department of health show that 3,539 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 361,677.
A further six deaths have been recorded which takes the death toll to 41,608.
Across the UK regions are seeing lockdown restrictions toughened with households in Birmingham to be banned from mixing after the rate of infection increased to 90.3 cases per 100,000.
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