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England’s R number has increased slightly from 0.8 to 1.1 to 0.9 to 1.1 according to the latest figures.

That means the nationwide growth rate is estimated to be between minus two and one percent, which is a slight increase from minus three to one percent last week.

The figures show that the number of new cases is fairly stable, but indicate that the number of people testing positive for the virus in England is showing “the first signs of a potential increase”.

Since the Indian variant hit the UK there have been 3,424 cases, with experts warning it could be up to 50% more transmissible than the Kent strain that emerged last year.

However, experts were keen to point out that there is no evidence to suggest that the Covid vaccine is ineffective against this mutation.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-21 18:21:55