BRITAIN’S R rate has risen again this week as a mutant variant of the virus continues to spread, official data has revealed.
The current R value – the number of people an infected person will pass Covid on to – is now estimated to be between 1.1 and 1.3 and could be as high as 1.5 in some regions.
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The R rate represents how fast the virus is spreading across the country [/caption]
Last week Sage estimated that the rate was between 1.1 and 1.2.
The R rate must be kept below 1 to cause the outbreak to shrink. Above 1, and cases will continue to rise.
The coronavirus’ natural R rate is around 3. But it can be squashed by cutting back on social contact.
The rise in the R rate comes as a new strain of the coronavirus sweeps across the UK.
What does the R rate mean?
R0, or R nought, refers to the average number of people that one infected person can expect to pass the coronavirus on to.
Scientists use it to predict how far and how fast a disease will spread – and the number can also inform policy decisions about how to contain an outbreak.
For example, if a virus has an R0 of three, it means that every sick person will pass the disease on to three other people if no containment measures are introduced.
It’s also worth pointing out that the R0 is a measure of how infectious a disease is, but not how deadly.
Official data from Public Health England revealedthat cases of the variant are highest in the South East – as separate data located the mutant strain in 57 places across the UK.
ut Scientists who sequenced the strain’s genome have now detected samples taken at 45 places in England, six in Scotland and six in Wales.
The Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) monitoring group revealed the full extent of of VUI-202012/01’s spread, with cases in Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Locations near the cities of Leeds, Oxford, Coventry and Cambridge also produced samples.
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