THE UK’s coronavirus R rate has risen again as Prime Minister Boris Johnson presses pause on lifting lockdown restrictions.
The reproduction rate is now between 0.8 and 0.9 in the UK, creeping up slighting from last week’s rate of 0.7 to 0.9, according to the latest figures from Sage.
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Across England the R rate has stayed the same whereas places such as the North West and South West are creeping above the crucial 1 figure.
Mr Johnson this afternoon said we needed to “squeeze the break pedal” on further lifting of the lockdown restrictions.
The North West now sits between 0.8 – 1.1 as does the South West.
Last night some areas in the North of England were subjected to further restrictions after data revealed a rise in cases.
In the South East and London the rate sits between 0.8 and 1.
This is while in the East of England the rate is between 0.7-1.0.
In the Midlands the rate is between 0.7-0.9.
The “R” rate has become an essential way of the government measuring its success in dealing with coronavirus in the UK.
It measures the rate of infection that averages how many people are being infected by one person, with officials using this data to guide the UK out of lockdown.
The R rate indicates how fast coronavirus is likely to spread, and it varies across the UK.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon Mr Johnson said he would “not let the virus threaten more heartache across the country”.
He today announced that some businesses that were set to open tomorrow will no longer be able to open their doors.
Place such as casinos and bowling alleys will no longer be able to reopen and this guidance will be updated in two weeks.
He did however say that shielding rules will still be relaxed from tomorrow, allowing more vulnerable people to get back to normal life.
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