England's COVID-19 R number unchanged between 0.8 and 1

COVID-19 test centre at London Bridge Station

LONDON (Reuters) - The estimated COVID-19 reproduction "R" number in England is unchanged between 0.8 and 1, Britain's health ministry said on Friday, with the epidemic estimated to be shrinking by 4% to 0% each day.

An R value between 0.8 and 1.0 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 10 other people. A previously sharp fall in infection numbers has levelled off in recent weeks.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by William Schomberg)