CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK rose to 33,998 after an additional 384 deaths were recorded.
A total of 236,711 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across the UK – up 3,560 cases from Thursday.
New data released today shows that the “R” coronavirus infection rate has also increased.
Experts are concerned that the number of Covid-19 reproductions has gone from 0.5 to 0.9 to 0.7 and 1 in some parts of the country.
This only occurs a few days after some of the lock-in measures have been relaxed.
Boris Johnson urged those who cannot do their homework to return to work in Sunday’s address to the nation.
But experts say the small increase in the R-value would not be linked because it is too early to appear in the data.
Instead, they think the total number of cases in the community is decreasing, leaving the number in nursing homes and hospitals to make up a larger proportion of the total.
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