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Coronavirus R rate drops below one in England – biggest drops in North West and North East

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The latest R number range is between 0.8 and 1.0, which means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 10 other people. While the growth rate, which estimates how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day,is between -3 percent and -1 percent, which means the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1 percent and 3 percent every day.

The estimates for R and the growth rate are provided by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a sub-group of Sage.

Estimates for R and growth rates are shown as a range and the true values are likely to lie within this range, according to the experts.

Sage also said the figures published on Friday more accurately represent the average situation over the past few weeks rather than the present situation.

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