COVID-19: UK’s R number rises to 1.1 to 1.2, SAGE experts say

The R number in the UK is estimated to have gone up to between 1.1 and 1.2, according to the SAGE group of government advisers.

The pandemic’s growth rate is therefore estimated to be between 1% and 4%.

Last week, the number was put at 0.9-1.0, with a growth rate of -2% to 0% per day.

The R number is the rate at which the infection is passed on.

Experts from SAGE gave the overall estimate for the UK but their estimates also show a variations across UK regions.

The regions with the lowest R number, according to the latest data, are the North East and Yorkshire and the North West, where the number is 0.9 to 1.1.

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