R number goes up in England as data shows more people test positive

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(Source: Sky News)

The government's scientific advisory group has said it "does not have confidence" the R number is currently below the crucial figure of 1 in England.  The latest estimate puts the R rate - which refers to the number of people on average that an infected person passes the virus on to - at between 0.8-0.9.

In the North West, where new restrictions have been imposed in some areas, the R has risen from 0.7-1 last week to 0.8-1.1 this week. But SAGE said the estimates represent the transmission of coronavirus from several weeks ago, as there is a delay between people becoming infected and needing healthcare.

"Estimates that use more timely data reflecting infections suggest a higher R for England than shown here. As a result, SAGE does not have confidence that R is currently below 1 in England," it said on the government website.

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