Coronavirus UK: Britain's Covid R rate goes UP for first time since January but is still below 1
Added 03-05-21 11:36:03am EST - “Sage experts said the R rate was now between 0.7 and 0.9. For comparison, last week they said it was between 0.6 and 0.9. But it remained below one in a sure sign the second wave is still shrinking.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Britain's daily Covid death toll has dropped by a third week-on-week and infections are still falling, a raft of official data revealed today - even though No10's scientific advisers fear the R rate has crept up slightly.
Department of Health bosses posted another 236 fatalities - down from 345 last Friday. But officials have yet to confirm exactly how many new cases have been spotted or coronavirus vaccines dished out because of a 'delay' in getting the data.
Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed England's outbreak shrank by a third in the week to February 26, with 248,000 people infected - the equivalent of one in every 220 people. And a symptom-tracking app revealed the number of people getting infected each day has started to drop again after levelling off in February, with around 6,500 new symptomatic cases daily.
Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist behind the symptom app, revealed he hoped lockdown could be eased 'earlier', piling extra pressure on Boris Johnson to relax restrictions sooner. Under Number 10's current roadmap back to normality, England won't be freed from lockdown until June 21, at the earliest.
With figures showing the outbreak is continuing to shrink, SAGE member Professor Andrew Hayward said today he believed Britain had already 'been through the worst' of the pandemic.
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