LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s reproduction “R” number has jumped above 1 and the COVID-19 epidemic is estimated to be growing again, the Government Office for Science said on Friday, a sharp reversal from the shrinkage seen during England’s national lockdown.
The R number is between 1.1 and 1.2 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 11 and 12 other people. It rose from an estimated 0.9-1.0 last week.
The daily growth rate is now between +1% and +4%, sharply higher compared to an estimated 0% to -2% figure reported last week that implied the epidemic had been shrinking.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)