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R-rate near me: R Rate RISES as lockdown easing continues – what is the R-number now?


Monday, April 14, saw non-essential shops, gyms and outdoor hospitality reopen for the first time in months as the UK was plunged into its third national lockdown. Data published by the Government on Thursday reveals 109 of the country’s 315 local authorities have seen a weekly increase in coronavirus cases. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said scientists “firmly believe” there will be another wave of Covid “at some point” this year. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said he believes his “roadmap” for easing restrictions is still on course, but also issued a warning.

The Prime Minister said: “As we look at what is happening in other countries, with cases now at record numbers around the world, we cannot delude ourselves that Covid has gone away.

“There is nothing in the data now which makes me think we are going to have to deviate from the roadmap we have set out.

“But the majority of science opinion is still that there will be another wave of Covid at some stage this year, and we must learn to live with this disease.”

Under current plans, the Government hopes to end the vast majority of restrictions by June 21, but has warned this could be delayed if infection rates soar once more.

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What is the R-Rate now?

The R-Rate in England has risen slightly, now standing between 0.8 and 1.0.

This increase in infection rate suggests the pandemic is still continuing to shrink, but at a slower rate than before.

Last week, the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) estimated the number was between 0.7 and 1.0.

The daily growth rate of Covid infections is estimated to be between minus five percent and minus one percent, compared to between minus six and minus one percent the week before.

SAGE and the Department of Health have said “particular care should be taken” when interpreting regional estimates in England.

They said: “They [numbers] are based on low numbers of cases or deaths and/or dominated by clustered outbreaks.

“They should not be treated as robust enough to inform policy decisions alone.”

In Scotland, the latest figures estimate the R rate to be between 0.7 and 0.9, down from 0.8 to one.

Wales estimates their R number to be between 0.7 and 1.2, up from 0.6 to 0.9, while Northern Ireland’s latest figures suggest the number to be between 0.7 and 1.05m down from 0.95 to 1.4.


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