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UK R Number Estimated At 0.7-1.1, Pandemic Seen Shrinking

UK R Number Estimated At 0.7-1.1, Pandemic Seen Shrinking

The estimated COVID19 reproduction "R" number for Britain is between 0.7 and 1.1, the health ministry said on Friday, with the pandemic still likely to be shrinking each day.

LONDON: The estimated COVID-19 reproduction “R” number for Britain is between 0.7 and 1.1, the health ministry said on Friday, with the pandemic still likely to be shrinking each day.

An R number of 0.7-1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 7 and 11 other people. Last week it was 0.8-1.0.

The daily growth rate was estimated at between -5% and 0, compared to -4% and -1% last week, meaning the number of new infections is broadly flat or shrinking by up to 5% every day.

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first published:January 29, 2021, 19:36 IST