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The UK Coronavirus R rate drops slightly but remains as high as 1.5 across the country.

SAGE the UK Governments Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies report that the rate is between 1.2 and 1.5.  The number of new cases is growing between 4% and 9%.  An R number between 1.2 and 1.5 means on average every 10 people with the virus will infect between 12 and 15 others. If the rate is above one, it means the number of cases will increase exponentially. But if it is below one, the disease will eventually peter out.

SAGE said it was almost certain that the epidemic continues to grow exponentially across the country, and is confident that the transmission is not slowing.

“While the R value remains above 1.0, infections will continue to grow at an exponential rate,” the group said.

The figures for the R rate last week were between 1.3 and 1.6.

A total of 17,540 new coronavirus cases were reported in the UK on Thursday, along with 77 deaths.


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