UK estimated COVID R number dips, now between 0.6 and 0.8

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Students talk with volunteers before taking a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test in the school hall before returning to school at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham

LONDON (Reuters) - The estimated COVID-19 reproduction "R" number in Britain is 0.6-0.8, down from 0.7-0.9 last week, with the epidemic estimated to be shrinking a little more quickly than it was before, the health ministry said on Friday.

An R value between 0.6 and 0.8 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 6 and 8 other people.

The daily growth rate of infections was estimated between -7% and -4%, compared to -5% and -3% last week.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)