July 24, 2020 / 1:39 PM / 17 days ago

UK COVID-19 'R' number unchanged at 0.7-0.9

Men walk down the street near Covent Garden, wearing protective masks under the new rules that enforce wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in central London, Britain July 24, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

LONDON (Reuters) - The estimated COVID-19 reproduction number for Britain as a whole remains at 0.7-0.9, the government said on Friday, indicating that the prevalence of the virus continues to drop, although the range is slightly higher in England at 0.8-1.0.

The current growth rate is between -4% and -1%, meaning the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1% and 4% every day, the government said.

The number of people in Britain infected with COVID-19 now stands at around one in 2,000 people who are not in hospitals or care homes, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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