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The UK’s coronavirus R rate has risen and may be above 1, the Government Office for Science confirmed on Friday.
In a report, the government said the UK R number is now somewhere between 1.0 and 1.2 as cases of coronavirus continue to rise across the country.
This is up from 0.9 to 1.1 last week, and scientists have said the UK could now be at risk of rapid infection growth as the R number is now above one.
The R number represents the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to.
Current figures are driven by local outbreaks, not a national average, the government has said, and scientists said estimates may be less reliable when overall presence of the virus is low.
The daily growth rate for the UK as a whole has been between -1% and 3%, up from -1% and 2%.
It comes as Boris Johnson announced plans to tighten restrictions on social gatherings, with Brits now limited to events of 6 people or less.
The Prime Minister said the new set of lockdown measures aimed at combatting the spread of the virus and preventing a devastating second wave this winter.
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