England’s R-number fell to between 1.2 and 1.4, with the North West being the hardest hit, new figures show.
R is the average number of people that each person with COVID-19 infects, so for every 10 people with COVID this week, they will infect between 12 and 14 other people.
Last week, the estimated R number was between 1 and 1.2 in England.
An epidemic can grow exponentially when the number is greater than 1. When it is less than 1, it means that the epidemic is decreasing.
The growth rate of cases in England is between 3% and 6% per day, an increase from last week’s daily growth rate, which was 0% to 3%.
The North West has the highest R-number and growth rate while the North East and Yorkshire have the lowest.
These are the regional R numbers (first) and the growth rates (second):
East of England R: 1.2 to 1.4 Growth: 3 to 6
London A: 1.1 to 1.4 Growth: 2 to 6
Midlands A: 1.1 to 1.3 Growth: 1 to 5
North East and Yorkshire R 1 to 1.2 Growth: 0 to 4
North West A: 1.3 to 1.5 Growth: 4 to 8
South East A: 1.1 to 1.4 Growth 1 to 6
South West R: 1 to 1.3 Growth: 0 to 6
NHS England said particular care should be taken with the South West figures as they are based on a low number of cases, hospitalizations or deaths and / or dominated by clustered outbreaks and therefore may not reflect accurately the entire region.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-11 12:00:00