England's R number remains unchanged at between 1.2 and 1.4

·1-min read

England's R number has stayed the same at between 1.2 and 1.4, latest estimates show.

The weekly figure - produced by the scientific advisory panel SAGE - was at the same position last Friday and the Friday before.

An R value - or reproduction number - between 1.2 and 1.4 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.

The daily growth rate of infections was estimated between 3% and 5%, compared with 3% and 6% last week.

In the South West, the growth rate was estimated to be between 6% and 11%, the highest figure in England, followed by between 4% and 8% in the North East and Yorkshire.

The lowest growth rates were seen in the South East, the East of England, and London, where the figure was estimated at between 2% and 5%.

The R number in the South West was between 1.3 and 1.7 - the highest in England.

The South East, the East of England, and London were estimated to be between 1.1. and 1.3, the North West was 1.1 to 1.4, and the Midlands were between 1.2 and 1.4.

The North East and Yorkshire were estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.5.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting