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UK R number increases to between 1.3 and 1.6

Written by on 2 October 2020

The coronavirus reproduction (R) number for the UK is now as high as 1.6, the latest figures have confirmed.

The R number is now between 1.3 and 1.6 – up from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week, according to the government’s advisory committee SAGE.

A country’s reproduction rate indicates the average number of people each person with coronavirus goes on to infect.

So an R number of between 1.3 and 1.6 means that on average every 10 people infected with COVID-19 in the UK will infect between 13 and 16 other people.