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R number drops slightly - but scientists warn transmission is not slowing down

coronavirus is not slowing down. Scientists advising the government said the current R value – the number of people an infected person will pass coronavirus on to – for the UK is now between 1.2 and 1.5.That is a slight drop since last week, when the R number was estimated to be between 1.3 and 1.6.The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said it was “almost certain that the epidemic continues to grow exponentially across the country" adding it was confident that "transmission is not slowing".“While the R value remains above 1.0, infections will continue to grow at an exponential rate," a spokesperson explained.“This is currently the case for every region of England and all have positive growth rates, reflecting increases in the.

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