The R rate is the number of second-hand infections in the country and should drop below 1 to reduce the number of infections.
In the study which required 105,000 swab tests between Nov. 13 and 24, research showed that 0.96 of the country’s population was infected with the virus.
Professor Paul Elliott said of the results of the REACT study: “We are seeing a decline in infections nationally and especially in areas that were previously the most affected.
“These trends suggest that the tiered approach has helped reduce infections in these areas and that the lockdown has added to this effect.
“As we approach a difficult time of year, it is even more vital that, through our actions and behaviors, we all play our part in helping to keep the virus at bay.”
Of the 105,123 swab tests analyzed, the study found that 821 were positive, meaning 96 per 10,000 were infected.
Depending on the date, the study showed that the number of people infected was half every 37 days.
The study also indicated that the North West and North East are two of the regions where rates have fallen to the highest level.
The study also said the East Midlands and London had not seen much reduction in infection rates.