Last week it was between 1.1 and 1.3.
Regionally, the R number reaches 1.6 in the North East and Yorkshire, the South East and the South West.
R represents the average number of people that each person positive for Covid-19 infects.
An R-value between 1.2 and 1.5 means that on average 10 infected people will infect between 12 and 15 other people.
When the number is greater than 1, an epidemic can grow exponentially, but when it is less than 1, it means that the epidemic is decreasing.
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The growth rate is between 3% and 7%, which means that the number of new infections is increasing by 3% to 7% every day.
Last week the growth rate was + 2% to + 5%.
Estimates represent the transmission of the coronavirus two to three weeks ago due to the delay between a person’s infection, the development of symptoms and the need for health care.
Here’s a breakdown by region of NHS England, with the regional R number first, followed by the growth rate:
- England: 1.2 to 1.5, 3% to 7%
- East of England: 1.1 to 1.5, 2% to 7%
- London: 1.1 to 1.4, 2% to 6%
- Midlands : 1.2 to 1.5, 4% to 8%
- North East and Yorkshire: 1.3 to 1.6, 5% to 8%
- North West: 1.1 to 1.2, 1% to 4%
- South East : 1.3 to 1.6, 4% to 9%
- South West : 1.3 to 1.6, 5% to 8%
It comes as the government prepares to end the last remaining legal lockdown restrictions on July 19, so-called “freedom day,” despite infections peaking in six months this week.
Fueled by the more transmissible Delta variant, more than 32,500 confirmed cases were reported Wednesday and Thursday for the first time since January.
The government said the vaccine broke the link between cases and hospitalizations / deaths.
Hospitalizations have climbed to an average of 380 days over seven days, a tenth of what they were when the second wave peaked in January.
At that time, when very few Britons were vaccinated, the average peaked at just over 4,200 people admitted to hospital with Covid per day.
Deaths have also increased but are well below the peak of the second wave, as most people in the most vulnerable groups have now received two injections of the vaccine.
The latest seven-day trend shows 24.9 people per day die from the coronavirus.
At its peak in January, an average of 1,248 people died each day.
Elsewhere, the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show cases of the dominant variant Delta have increased by a third over the past week.
A total of 216,249 confirmed and probable cases of this variant – first identified in India and now accounting for around 99% of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK – have been identified in all four countries.
Of the 216,249 cases, 180,643 occurred in England, 28,559 in Scotland, 3,666 in Wales and 3,381 in Northern Ireland.
The majority of people admitted to hospital in England with the Delta variant remain unvaccinated, according to figures from PHE.