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England’s COVID-19 epidemic still shrinking, R number below one – Metro US

England’s COVID-19 epidemic still shrinking, R number below one

A group of people play a drinking game in Hyde
A group of people play a drinking game in Hyde Park, as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions ease in London

LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 epidemic in England is still estimated to be shrinking, though possibly a little less quickly compared to last week, the health ministry said on Friday, adding that the closely watched reproduction “R” was still estimated below 1.

The daily growth rate of COVID-19 infections was estimated between -5% and -1%, compared to an estimate of -6% and -1% last week.

The estimated range for the R number was 0.8 to 1.0, meaning on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 10 other people. Last week it was estimated at 0.7 to 1.0

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)

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