The coronavirus reproduction rate in the UK has remained unchanged from last week, between 0.6 and 0.9, according to health officials.
This indicates that the country’s Covid-19 epidemic is still in decline, but at a slower rate than before after a month of weekly decline in R.
The R represents the average number of people infected with every person who is positive for Covid-19.
When the number is greater than 1, the epidemic can grow significantly, but when it is less than 1, this means that the epidemic is decreasing.
An R number between 0.6 and 0.9 means that, on average, every 10 people who are infected will infect six to nine other people.
In London, the R is now estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.8.
The growth rate, which measures how quickly the number of infections changes from day to day, ranges from -6% to minus 2% for the entire UK. Last week it was between -6% and -3%.
The minimum estimate for the novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom remains at 0.6 – the lowest R-band seen since the government began releasing numbers in May 2020.
The R numbers and the growth rate are provided by the Emergencies Scientific Advisory Group (Sage).
This comes as separate numbers indicate that one in 145 people in England was infected with Covid-19 in the week ending February 19.
The latest infection survey by the Office for National Statistics also estimates that one in 125 Londoners – about 71,200 people – had the virus during the same period, down from one in 100 the previous week.
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