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London, March 6 : The UK’s coronavirus reproduction number, also known as the R number, remains still below one, the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has announced.
This week’s R number falls between 0.7 and 0.9, largely unchanged from last week’s, which was between 0.6 and 0.9, Xinhua news agency quoted the group as saying on Friday.
The figures mean that on average, every 10 people infected with coronavirus will infect between seven and nine others.
If the R number is above one, it means the coronavirus outbreak is growing exponentially.
“Although the epidemic continues to decrease nationally, there may be more variation in transmission locally, with some indications that the rate of decline in infections could be slowing in some areas,” the government’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) said in a statement.
Health officials also warned that the number of people infected in England is still high compared to last summer, when just one in 2,000 people had the virus.


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