Britain's Covid R rate is still at lowest ever level and outbreak has HALVED in size in a fortnight
Added 02-26-21 11:36:02am EST - “The UK's R rate - measuring the spread of the virus - is between 0.6 and 0.9, according to Sage experts, showing the second wave is still shrinking across the country.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Britain’s Covid outbreak is still firmly in retreat, with a catalogue of official figures today piling even more pressure on Boris Johnson to relax lockdown sooner.
Department of Health bosses recorded another 8,523 coronavirus infections and 345 deaths – with both measures down by roughly a third week-on-week. More than 520,000 vaccines were also dished out, with nearly 19.2million Britons now vaccinated.
No10's top scientific advisory panel SAGE estimated the R rate – the average number of people each Covid patient infects – is still at the lowest level since records began in June, staying between 0.6 and 0.9.
Separate statistics from one of the country's most respected surveillance studies showed England's outbreak has nearly halved in size over the last fortnight. Office for National Statistics experts estimated 373,700 people would test positive for the virus on any given day in the week ending February 19, or one in 145 residents. In comparison, the figure was almost 700,000 two weeks ago.
But a weekly report from a symptom-tracking app today warned daily cases had risen three per cent in a week, to 9,545 in the seven-day spell ending February 21. SAGE also estimated the R rate has crept up slightly in the South East, North West and the Midlands but insisted the figure is still below the crucial level of one.
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