Earlier, we reported that coronavirus cases in England have risen by 50% in a week.
Now, government data shows the reproduction rate of the virus – or R number – across the UK has also increased.
Data released by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) shows the estimate for R for the whole of the UK is between 1.3 and 1.5.
Last week, the R number was between 1.2 and 1.5.
R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.
When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially.
An R number between 1.3 and 1.5 means that on average every 10 people infected will infect between 13 and 15 other people.Article share tools