UK’s coronavirus R rate INCREASES: Infection number growing as Britain unlocks

COVID vaccine: Variants that beat jabs 'will appear' says expert

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The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England is between 0.8 and 1.1, according to the latest Government figures.Last week, the figure was between 0.8 and 1. R represents the average number of people each Covid positive person goes on to infect.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.

An R number between between 0.8 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 other people

However, it comes as new data suggests that cases in England have dropped by 40 percent in a week.

Only one in 40,000 symptomatic cases of Covid is being recorded in the UK, which suggests the country is past the pandemic.

And the vaccine programme is still going strong, with all over-40s in England being invited to book their first coronavirus vaccine appointment.

It is the third time this week that the Covid vaccine booking system has been extended, after it was offered to those over 44 on Monday and to over-42s on Tuesday.

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