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UK R rate edges down to 1.2-1.5 but government scientists cautious

Fri, 9th Oct 2020 13:30

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The UK's reproduction "R" number
of COVID-19 has edged down to 1.2-1.5 from 1.3-1.6, government
scientists said on Friday, adding there was still widespread
growth of the epidemic across the country.

An R number between 1.2 and 1.5 means that on average every
10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people.
The daily infection growth rate was between +4% to +9%, compared
to +5% to +9% a week ago.

"There is still widespread growth of the epidemic across the
country," the Government Office for Science said.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by William James)

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