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UK COVID-19 R rate rises to 0.9-1.1, epidemic could be growing

Saudi Press Agency

Friday 1442/1/2 - 2020/08/21

LONDON, Aug 21, 2020, SPA -- The reproduction "R" number of COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom has risen and may now be above 1, the Government Office for Science said on Friday, indicating a risk that the overall epidemic is growing, according to Reuters.

The UK R number is between 0.9 and 1.1, the government said, up from 0.8-1.0 last week. The daily growth rate for the UK as a whole is between -3% and 1%, up from -4% to -1%.

The R number represents the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to.

16:23 LOCAL TIME 13:23 GMT

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