The number of coronavirus R remains the same on the eve of the reopening of pubs in England


The R number of coronaviruses in the United Kingdom remains at 0.7-0.9 on the eve of the reopening of pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers in England.

The measure was a key step for the government in determining whether to loosen the lockout restrictions and help monitor the spread of Covid-19.

Friday’s figures mean that the number of people infected with the coronavirus seems to be decreasing overall, which meets one of the government’s five tests on easing the lock.

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With the R number remaining between 07.-0.9, this means that the number of coronavirus cases is decreasing, but at a rate that is decreasing due to their decrease in circulating disease.

Any R value greater than 1 means that the disease may increase in the population, while negative values ​​mean that the number of cases is likely to decrease.

The UK’s current growth rate is estimated to be between -6% and 0%.

The R value of the disease indicates the average number of people to whom an infected person is likely to transmit it.

Estimates of R do not indicate how quickly an epidemic evolves, and different diseases with the same R can cause epidemics to develop at very different speeds.

It should be noted that as the number of cases decreases, the parameters will become less useful indicators and other measures may need to be examined in order to understand whether the coronavirus could develop.

Guests take place in family bubbles to test the socially distant pop-up restaurant Credit: Ben Birchall / PA

Sage, the science group that advised the government throughout the crisis, said it expected to see more epidemics as the lockdown was eased.

They added that the challenge is to ensure that epidemics are localized rather than across the country, which could force another wave.

Distribution of figures

The R values ​​and growth rate for the following regions are:

East of England: 0.7-0.9, minus 6% to 0%

This is a change from minus 6% to minus 1%, suggesting that the rate of spread may increase in the region.

London: 0.6-0.9, minus 6% to 0%

This is a change from 0.7 to 1.0 and from minus 5% to plus 1%, indicating that the rate of spread is decreasing.

Midlands: 0.7-0.9 (0.8-1.0), with an unchanged growth rate of minus 4% to 0%

North East and Yorkshire: 0.7-0.9, minus 4% to 0%, changed from minus 5% to minus 1%

North West: 0.7–1.0, minus 5% to 0%, decreased from minus 4% to 0%

South East: 0.7–0.9, minus 6% to minus 1%, going from minus 5% to minus 1%

South West: 0.6-0.9, minus 7% to 0%, also going from minus 6% to 0%


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